Barextra italian ryegrass will not head-out if seeded in the spring after frost ends. This offers an advantage when top feed quality is required. Barextra italian ryegrasses may also over-winter and produce good, early season production the following year. Barextra will actually exhibit biennial behavior if weather allows it to survive from one year to the next. Recently, Barextra italian ryegrass has been recognized as the perfect rotation crop for plow down or emergency feed. Crops that follow a stand of Italian ryegrass also show higher yields, compared to other green manure crops. Barextra is very versatile and performs well in both heavy clay soils and light sandy soils. Adequate moisture and fertilizer or red clover companion will optimize production. Avaialble from Byron Seeds.
The seeding rate is 35-40 lbs/acre when planted as a cutting/grazing crop. When planted as a cover crop, 15-20 lbs./acre will suffice. Plant with a drill or broadcast into a firm seedbed, making good seed-to-soil contact. Barextra can be seeded into a prepared seedbed or an existing stand. Control weeds or existing forage to help establish Barextra. Under normal circumstances, Barextra can be grazed as early as 6 weeks after planting or cut 8 weeks after planting. Graze at 6-8 inches and harvest at 12-18 inches. Barextra grows very dense, producing high yields of forage per inch of growth.
Barextra shows its greatest advantage when planted in the Spring, producing large volumes of high quality forage without any seed heads forming. Plant early in the Spring and continue grazing or harvesting, keeping Barextra young and palatable. Well-established Barextra will be more persistent so plant immediately after a summer crop. Barextra should be grazed or cut as soon as soon as possible and kept short, in order to thicken the crop. In the Spring, harvest as soon as possible either by grazing or cutting.
If you have lots of nutrients on the farm, Barextra italian ryegrass can be a good choice to utilize and recycle those nutrients. It can be easily used to extend thinning alfalfa or mixed stands for one more year. This will result in high yields of excellent quality forage without the hassle of a total stand renovation. With its upright growth habit, Barextra italian ryegrass is better suited to mechanical harvest than grazing, but we have many folks who successfully graze it. Like perennial ryegrass, the waxy coating on Barextra italian ryegrass retards drydown so it isn’t the best choice for dry hay.
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