Feedstuffs - Pasture & Hay Forages

Kentucky Bluegrass

Kentucky Bluegrass

  • High quality, highly palatable, cool season perennial grass with rhizomes that produce a dense sode.
  • Can grow to heights of 1 to 3 feet in seed head stage.
  • Can withstand close, heavy grazing better than most other grasses.
  • Very sensitive to heat and summer drought (becomes dormant and brown during hot, dry summers).
  • Not widely used as a hay grass because of its low yield, and if mixed with other grasses and legumes it matures before other plants are ready to cut.
  • Annual yield = 1-3 tons DM/acre

Average Nutrient Content

  • Ruminant TDN = 60-75%
  • Crude Protein = 12-17%
Physical Description - leaves are dark green color, narrow and fine bladed with tips shaped like a boats bow; no auricles and low ligule; seed heads smaller than those for fall fescue.

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