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Common Name
Dactylis glomerata

What's in a name? Tucker is synonymous with forage for livestock. Developed from a five clone polycross from several top performing varieties, Tucker brings the best characteristics from all five. Tucker, having medium maturity, is an excellent choice for mixing alfalfa for producing high quality hay for horses and cattle. It also mixes well with other cool-season grasses like tall fescue, perennial ryegrass , timothy and brome. With high yields of palatable, digestible forage, Tucker will increase animal health and nutrition, in turn decreasing input costs and increasing profits. 


  • Pasture or hay field establishment is best accomplished in fall or early spring, depending on the local region. Tucker orchardgrass has excellent seedling vigor and will establish quickly. For best success, drill or broadcast 20-25 lbs. of seed per acre on a clean, firm seedbed. Drill no more than 1/2 inch deep. If broadcasting, lightly harrow to cover seed. Roll to provide a good seed/soil contact. Apply fertilizer according to the local recommendations. It is advised to get a soil test to determine nutrient levels. Adjusting soil pH is also recommended, especially if companion planting with legumes. If companion planting with alfalfa, blend 5-10 lbs. of Tucker seed with 5-10 lbs. if alfalfa per acre. The percentage of each component can be adjusted depending on your personal preference and your needs, In mixtures with other cool-season grasses and legumes Tuckers may comprise between 20% and 60% of the mixture. Planting rates for mixtures containing Tucker are between 10 to 20 lbs. per acre, depending on the species in the mixture. 

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