Lowboy annual ryegrass is used for a cover crop. Its growth is focused on density rather than height. Spreading tendencies through tillering keep growth on soil coverage rather than height. It has an amazing root system, and incredible nutrient-scavenging abilities. It is an excellent soil builder, great at erosion control and weed suppression. Lowboy is planted late summer or fall.
- Low-growing turf-type ryegrass for cover crop use. Less residue to deal with at planting time.
- Establishes ground cover quickly. Less winter annual weed competition
- Improved cold tolerance
- Terminates with ease
Annual ryegrass has extremely fast emergence and establishes quickly on a variety of soil types. It works well alone or in mixes. In severe winter conditions, annual ryegrass can winter kill, but roots have usually grown down 24-32 inches, sequestering leftover nutrients and providing a good start for the following crop. Incorporation will work to kill ryegrass if it is completely covered.
Drill at 15-20 lbs/A or fly on at 20-25 lbs/A, 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep, or sly into standing corn at the higher rate. You can also broadcast onto bare soil and roll with a cultipacker. Seed 40 days before killing frost date to help protect from winter kill. Annual ryegrass rates in mixes can be cut to 8-15 lbs.