T173

Make Hay with T173

T173 has been serving farmers and ranchers in the Central Plains as a dependable forage option for quite some time. The variety tends to have a prostrate growth habit during tillering, but after the crown is established, it will produce a dense crop of leafy tillers ideal for winter grazing.

For Grazing:

Sow T173 early. It tends to have a prostrate growth habit during tillering, but after the crown is established, T173 will produce a dense crop of leafy tillers ideal for winter grazing. As T173 is relatively late to mature, it can be grazed for longer than most dual purpose varieties.

For Hay:

T173 is tall with long, thin straw and excellent leaves. Though the heads are awnless, they are hard to thresh and should not be taken for grain. The thin straw and leafy nature of T173 ensures that it produces a heavy crop of highly palatable forage.

For Silage:

If a higher energy feed is required, with more starch and more dry matter yield per acre, leave T173 in the field until it reaches the 'cheesy ripe' stage, then chop finely and ensile in a well-compacted clamp.

For Grain:

T173 is not recommended for grain production. For higher yields and better quality, T158, T154 and LCS Mint are recommended alternatives.


Data Source:

To obtain the most accurate technical data possible, ratings and scores are comprised of all available LCS and public research data. The results presented in this guide may not be an indicator of results you may obtain in your individual location, as local growing conditions-including soil type and weather-may vary. All growers are advised to evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible.

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