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Timothy

Timothy is native to northern Europe. It is the most popular grass grown in NY, with most of it grown in mixture with alfalfa. This combination became popular due to the ease of establishment of timothy, the ability to use home-grown timothy seed, and timothy’s noncompetitive nature. It is a hay-type grass, with few basal buds for regrowth following grazing. It is somewhat unique among cool-season grasses with low protein content in harvested forage, often two percentage units lower than most of the other species. This trait, combined with low regrowth potential, make timothy a poor choice for dairy farmers. [GIS-9]