Aurora™ Timothy

Strong Agronomic Performance and Wide Range of Adaptability

Variety Features

  • Selected for larger heads
  • Fast growing
  • High yields and leafiness
  • Very winterhardy and palatable
  • Strong summer regrowth after cutting
  • Superior plant vigor

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Aurora™ Timothy was selected, developed and tested in Japan. It is an ideal variety for the compacted timothy hay export market. The long stem and consistent quality allows good consumption and provides excellent conditioning for your animals. Aurora™ is a later maturing timothy with a heading date similar to Climax, but with a substantial yield advantage. Aurora™ has strong agronomic performance compared to older varieties of timothy, and a wider range of adaptability.


Timothy is highly responsive to fertilizers, which should be applied frequently in ample quantities. Fertilizer, especially nitrogen, is important. Timothy stands become weak under close and continuous grazing or aggressive cutting management. A fundamental reason for the decline of Timothy is injury to the bulbets. These bulbets form in the spring at the same time the stem elongates. Food materials are stored in them, and they may be destroyed by trampling of grazing animals or by cutting too low. Timothy can be initially grazed or cut before jointing and again between early head to full head.

Second and successive grazing or cutting should also occur before jointing and when basal sprouts appear at the soil surface. After the second cutting/grazing, plants usually do not joint; therefore, sprouts are primary guides. Timothy should be cut for hay or silage from early to full head. Make successive harvests for hay and silage when basal sprouts appear at the soil surface. Sterile seed-heads may be 15 to 20 inches up the stems when sprouts appear at the time of second cutting. Growing points stay below ground after a second cutting. Graze or cut to a minimum height of 4 inches or more.

Seeding Rates

Consult with your Local Advisor because rates vary widely.

New seeding: 6-12 (coated) lbs. or 3-8 (raw) lbs./acre

Seed size: There are approximately 1,152,000 seeds per pound


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