Reed Canarygrass

Palaton/Venture Reed Canarygrass (Low Alkaloid)

        Why Reed Canarygrass ?

1. Reed Canarygrass has two desirable characteristics.

             a) The ability to withstand drought and conversely

                    b) The ability to withstand excessive moisture.

2. Reed Canarygrass is the most productive, persistent cool season grass. Highest yields are obtained when the crop is cut two or three times rather than four times per season.

       Why Low Alkaloid Reed Canarygrass ?

1. Low Alkaloid Reed Canarygrass has now proved superior to smooth bromegrass and orchardgrass as a forage species.

2. Low Alkaloid Reed Canarygrass was found to give much greater cattle and sheep gains under normal pasture conditions.

3. Low Alkaloid Reed Canarygrass overcomes the lower palatability of other varieties of Reed Canarygrass. In fact, in 1984 palatability trial showed lambs preferred Reed Canarygrass over any of the other popular forage grasses.

4. Low Alkaloid Reed Canarygrass performs well on upland soils as well as flooded soils and often yields and persists better than other cool season grasses.


1. Low Alkaloid Reed Canarygrass alone

- Seed 7-12 pounds per acre

- Higher rates for poorer soil conditions

2. Low Alkaloid Reed Canarygrass with Alfalfa

       - Seed 4-6 pounds per acre Reed Canarygrass plus

- Seed 7-10 pounds per acre Approved, Deep 007 Brand or Hopper 101 Brand Alfalfa

       3. Seed the mixture ½" to 3/4" maximum depth in a firm seed bed.

       4. Low Alkaloid Reed Canarygrass is sensitive to low light, so if seeded with a        companion crop, cut the oats or barley for silage at the 'boot' stage.

5. Low Alkaloid Reed Canarygrass can be fall seeded if sown   by August 15th and good rainfall follows.

These 8 important benefits make Palaton/Venture an outstanding grass - alone or with Alfalfa.

1. Palaton/Venture offers new palatability in a nutritious Forage Mixture

Selective research has reduced the undesirable alkaloids from Palaton/Venture. Tests demonstrate unmatched palatability. Palaton/Venture mixes well and plants easily.

2. Palaton/Venture proves a high seed yielder

Reed Canarygrasses historically give up their seed prior to harvest - but not Venture. Superior seed retention offers better seed quality and important price stability. Poor harvest forces seed prices up - predictable harvest maintains price stability. Palaton/Venture promises to be a stable variety in the forage mix.

3. Palaton/Venture is a real high-tonnage producer

Palaton/Venture competes favourably with Timothy, Brome, Fescues and Orchardgrass. Palaton/Venture tonnage is tops among Reed Canarygrasses.

4. Palaton/Venture matures with your Alfalfa

Palaton/Venture Reed Canarygrass matures at the same time as Alfalfa in your management system. Palaton/Venture supplies super yields of high quality grass for silage, haylage, alone, or in other permanent pasture mixes.

5. Palaton/Venture is winter hardy, widely adapted

Palaton/Venture's persistence and winter hardiness make it ideally suited to all historical Reed Canarygrass growth areas.

6. Palaton/Venture is Disease-Resistant

Leaf disease resistance exhibited by Palaton/Venture is as good as or better than Rise, Vantage and Flare. Seedling vigour and stand establishment are excellent.

7. Vigorous Palaton/Venture can take the cuttings

If you manage four cuttings a year, Palaton/Venture can take it. Palaton/Venture responds on poorly drained soils and exhibits excellent drought tolerance. It survives well even when cut at the wrong time.

8.Palaton/Venture can reduce erosion, bloat incidence, weed problems

Alfalfa is frequently grown in mixtures with grasses to hold the soil, reduce bloat incidence, hold down weed competition. Palaton/Venture proves a superior grass for these assignments. For pasture, silage or hay - with clover, or alfalfa, Palaton/Venture is proving a breakthrough grass.


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