Picked up a new hay lease in the Louisa/Gordonsville, VA area - approx 10 acre parcel that was planted in soybean two years ago, harvested, and never replanted It is my intention to spray the existing weeds and no-till orchard grass/oat mix in the next few weeks, as soon as the field dries. The primary use of this parcel will be square bales for horse customers.
I am looking for a LATER MATURING orchard grass variety. An acre or so of the field is inherently damp, as are Virginia springs. Looking for everyone's input and experience with the following varieties.... not only maturity, but yield, hardiness and persistence as well.
Barenbrug "HLR" High Leaf Ratio
As a side note, the soil test came back pretty good. Co-op has lime and fertilizer in the schedule.
Thank you in advance!