Safflower: Baldy

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Safflower is a drought tolerant, annual, warm season broadleaf that can be seeded in cool soils. Safflower is exceptional at…

Safflower is a drought tolerant, annual, warm season broadleaf that can be seeded in cool soils. Safflower is exceptional at breaking hard pans, encouraging water and air movement into the soil profile, as well as scavenging nutrients from depths unavailable to most agronomic crops. It is capable of doing this due to its impressive taproot which has been observed to grow 8-10 feet in ideal conditions. Safflower provides excellent forage for grazing but most varieties become prickly with maturity, rendering the plants unpalatable for livestock. Baldy safflower is one of the world’s first spineless safflower varieties and has been developed specifically for grazing and cover crops. Baldy can be handled with bare hands even at maturity and is palatable for livestock grazing. Green Cover Seed owns the exclusive marketing rights for Baldy spineless safflower.

Basic Info

Maturity (Days)
110 - 140
Seeds/lb
15000
C/N at Maturity
High
Growth Habit
Upright
Root Type/Depth
Deep Taproot
Cold Kill (F)
24
Dry Matter Potential(Tons/acre)
1.5 - 3.5

Use and Characteristics

N Fix Potential
Lasting Residue
Excellent
Palatibility
Very Good
Hay Harvest
Poor
Regrowth
Poor
Deep Compaction
Excellent
Surface Compaction
Fair
Weed Suppression
Very Good
Crimp Kill
Easy

Planting

Plant Depth
1 - 1 1/2"
Min Germ Temp(F)
40
Drilled Seed Rate (lbs/acre)
15 - 20
Broadcast Seed Rate (lb/acre_)
25 - 30

Tolerance

Heat
Excellent
Drought
Very Good
Shade
Fair
Wet Soil
Poor
Low Fertility
Very Good
Low pH Soil
Good
High pH Salinty
Very Good
High pH Calcareous
Very Good