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A mixture of diploid and tetraploid Italian ryegrass. This mix is recommended as a spring planting for boosting the production for this season. Either this fall, or next spring, this planting will need to be rotated.
Grasshance® can boost production as much as double compared to a field with 40% stand loss from winter damage. But even without damage, Grasshance® can boost dry matter by 30%.
Drought Tolerance: Medium High
Winter Hardiness: Medium
Yield Potential: Medium High
Grazing Tolerance: High
Alone (lbs./acre): 20-40
Mixes (lbs./acre): 5-10
Depth (in.): 1/4-1/2
Emergence (days): 5-14
Life Cycle: Annual
These grasses have a wide range of adaptability to soils, but thrive best on fertile soils with pH between 5.5-6.5. They produce well in regions having mild climates and do not withstand hot, dry weather or severe winters. They will stand fairly wet soils with reasonably good surface drainage.
Plant seed ¼-½ in. deep in well prepared seedbed. In general, annual ryegrass component of a mix should be 20% or less since it is very competitive, due to rapid germination and good seedling vigor.
Begin (in.): 8-12
Stop (in.): 3-6
Avg. Days Rest: 25-30
Hay or Haylage Harvest:
Cut boot to mid-bloom
Ryegrass is generally cut for hay when seed heads start to emerge. Pastures should be rotationally grazed when spring growth is 3-4 in. high. Allowing 7-10 in. of regrowth between grazings benefit yields and persistence. On new seedings, harvest or grazing should be delayed until plants are 10-12 in. tall. Ryegrass responds well to good management, such as intensive rotational grazing and fertilizer applications.
Scale 1-9, where 9 = best or most pronounced