Timothy is commonly grown for horse hay in northern states. It matures much later than most other perennial cool season grasses. Often, it does not begin reproductive stages until late spring in the regions in which it is grown. This late maturity aligns better with hay-making weather in those states. Like perennial ryegrass and bluegrass, however, it does not persist well in Georgia and will often succumb to a hot, dry summer in the year of establishment. Therefore, timothy is not recommended for plantings in Georgia.

Dr. Dennis Hancock
Forage Extension Specialist
Crop & Soil Sciences Dept.