There are at least three major families of bromegrass: Smooth, Meadow and Mountain or Alaskan. However, only two of these, Meadow and Mountain, have been improved by European breeding programs. Improved bromegrass is quick to establish and provides a high quality, high yielding forage that works well as a companion with alfalfa.
Bromegrass requires high fertility levels and well-drained soils. Recommended seeding depth is 1/2".
- Late maturing and very high yielding
- Higher feed quality than orchardgrass and holds quality even if in seed head
- It is fast to establish but persists for only 3 years
- Difficult to establish unless seeded in monoculture
Fleet Meadow Brome
- More tolerant to grazing and higher in both yield and forage quality
- It has excellent palatability and is a super dry-weather grass
- Heading date similar to mid-range orchardgrass