Growth Habit Estab. Rate Days N Req Anerobic Soil Tol pH Range Min. Rainfall Inch Seeding Rate lb./a. 1Dry Matter Yields Tonnes Regrowth Primary Utilization Veg. Reprod 2CP% 2NDF 2ADF 2TDN Endophyte
Perennial Bunch 6-10 Med-High 40-80/lbs. per acre Poor 5.5-7.5 >18 15-20 2-5 Fair-Good 1. Hay
2. Pasture
3. Rotational Grazing
Medium 19-36 50-56 30-34 63-72 No
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International Seeds, Inc., USA 

Late Mate® is a late flowering, winter hardy, long lived perennial bunchgrass blend of orchardgrass varieties. Late Mate® prefers well drained, light to medium textured soils and is more responsive to fertilizer than tall fescue. Late Mate® exhibits a leafy prostrate, open bunch type sod making it more compatible (less competitive) with adapted legumes (alfalfa, red clover, birdsfoot trefoil and Ladino clover) than tall fescue. 

Intensive (set stocking); rotational and continual grazing systems; hay and pasture. Close continuous grazing will weaken stands. Compatible with adapted legumes. Best utilized on soils with good internal and surface drainage. Late Mate’s® late maturity enhances its utilization with alfalfa for high protein, mixed species hay production. 

Late Mate® is a blend of genetically different late maturing orchardgrass cultivars. Late Mate® can be utilized with confidence in climates where orchardgrass is best adapted.

1Dry matter basis, assuming the crop is grown in an area to which it is adapted using recommended production and harvesting practices.

2Forage quality is best defined in terms of animal performance such as, daily gain, milk production, wool production and reproduction. Extensive research has shown biotic and abiotic factors such as stage of maturity at harvest, plant species, climate and fertilization can adversely impact forage quality. Crude protein (CP), acid detergent fiber (ADF), neutral detergent fiber (NDF) and total digestible nutrients (TDN) can be negatively affected by as much as 60%, 30%, 40% and 25% respectively among grass and legume species when improperly managed.

XX = Maximum protein and TDN generally when harvested at vegetative, pre-bloom, pre-boot stage under intensive rotational grazing systems.