Ryegrass

Forage Use: Grazing Dairy, Beef, Horses, Sheep, Haylage, and Dry Hay

…Forage uses may vary…

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  • Annual Ryegrass

    Annual Ryegrass (4)

    Forage Use: Grazing Dairy, Beef, Horses, Sheep, Haylage, and Dry Hay

    ...Forage uses may vary...

    Annual Ryegrass establishes very rapidly, which gives high productivity in the planting season. Annual ryegrass is one of the best choices for overseeding warm season pastures cover crop because of its versatility, ease of establishment, amazing root system, and incredible nutrient scavenging abilities. It is an excellent soil builder, great at erosion control and weed suppression. The massive root system can add 5000 - 9000 lbs of organic material per acre, growing down to 54 inches, providing channels for air, water, and following crop root systems. Farmers have reported corn root zones down to nearly 5 feet following ryegrass. Annual ryegrass is best suited for grazing or harvest as silage. Annual Ryegrass is also used as a cover crop all across the Midwest.

    Establishment

    Drill at 15-25 lbs/Acre, 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep or fly on 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.

    Management

    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. If using glyphosate, apply a full rate when the days are warm, averaging over 50°F and the grass is growing vigorously.

  • Italian Ryegrass

    Italian Ryegrass (7)

    Forage Use: Grazing Dairy, Beef, Sheep, and Haylage

    Italian ryegrass is a winter annual plant that requires vernalization (a period of cold and reduced day length) to initiate heading. When sown in spring, very few seedheads will be observed throughout the seeding year. If fall sown, the plants will head profusely the following spring. Italian ryegrass is extremely high yielding and is typically the highest quality grass we know of. It’s lower cost and ease of seeding make Italian ryegrass an excellent choice as a nurse crop for other species or a great short term forage.

    Establishment

    Italian ryegrass can be sown by itself or sown in mixtures, serving as a nurse crop for slower establishing species. Planting depth should be 0.25 to 0.50 inches. Broadcast sowing into thin stands can be successful, but no-till drilling is the recommended method to thicken existing stands. Depending on the time of planting and conditions, the first harvest can come as early as 45 days after planting.

    Management

    If you have lots of nutrients on the farm, 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, 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 Italian ryegrass retards drydown so it isn’t a good choice for dry hay.

  • Perennial Ryegrass

    Perennial Ryegrass (11)

    Forage Use: Grazing Dairy, Beef, Sheep, and Haylage

    If you look at global grazing agriculture, perennial ryegrass is the most widely used grass for grazing in the world because of its aggressive growth and high forage quality. Use has been limited in North America but in the last two decades, usage has increased. With proper management and high fertility, perennial ryegrass can be persistent for 5 to 7 years or more in the Midwest. Companies like Barenbrug and DLF are constantly developing varieties that are better adapted to usage in the Midwest. All the varieties we select have excellent grazing tolerance.

    Establishment

    Perennial ryegrass can be sown by its self or sown in mixtures with legumes or other cool season grasses. Planting depth should be 0.25 to 0.50 inches. Broadcast sowing into thin stands can be successful but no-till drilling is the recommended method to thicken existing stands. Plants are ready for harvesting when they no longer can be pulled out by the roots.

    Management

    Successful use of perennial ryegrass requires aggressive management and high fertility. Intensively managed pastures are a great place to use perennial ryegrass. Perennial ryegrass makes excellent haylage or balage, but does not dry well for hay. Residual heights can be lower with perennial  yegrass compared to other grasses. Grazing down to about 2 inches in spring and fall is optimum but we find leaving higher residual of at least 3 inches in the summer helps persistence and overall productivity of the stand.

  • Barextra

    $1.40 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $70.00

    Welcome to Byron Seeds only Point of Sale Site. We carry the best products from Barenbrug Seeds, including Barextra Seed.


  • Barsprinter

    $3.03 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $151.50

    Barsprinter Perennial Ryegrass Seed from Barenbrug Seeds has excellent stand density with good persistence from winter persistence. Buy yours here!


  • BG-24T

    $2.88 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $144.00

    BG-24T Perennial Ryegrass Seed has better disease tolerance and can withstand cooler regions than its predecessor. Buy yours here!


  • BG-34

    $2.80 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $140.00

    BG-34 Perennial Ryegrass Seed is a blend of the best late maturing, winter hardy varieties with dairy farmers reporting production increase.


  • Byrons Italian Plus

    $3.25 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $162.50

    Byrons Italian Plus Ryegrass Seed is early heading making a great double crop, an overall tremendous yielder that builds organic matter.


  • Byrons Ryegrass Blend

    $2.80 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $140.00

    Welcome to Byron Seeds only Point of Sale Site. We carry Byron Seeds best products – including Byrons Ryegrass Blend Seed.


  • Calibra

    $2.57 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $128.50

    Calibra Perennial Ryegrass Seed from DLF Seeds is proven to be very productive even in short growing seasons and high sugar for digestibility ease. Buy yours here!


  • Calibra Organic

    $4.85 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $242.50

    Certified Organic Calibra Perennial Ryegrass Seed is proven to be very productive even in short growing seasons and high sugar for digestibility ease. Buy yours here!


  • Fox

    $1.56 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $78.00

    Fox Italian Ryegrass Seed is a diploid variety that is high yielding in summer months with good disease resistance. Buy yours here!


  • Garibaldi

    $1.50 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $75.00

    Garibaldi Perennial Ryegrass Seed from DLF and Byron Seeds is a late heading tetraploid and cold tolerant. Buy yours here!


  • Green Spirit

    $1.84 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $92.00

    Green Spirit Italian Ryegrass Seed containing both tetraploid and diploid varieties making a perfect high quality emergency feed. Buy yours here!


  • Jumbo Annual Ryegrass

    $0.90 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $45.00

    Jumbo Annual Ryegrass Seed is a higher yielding, later maturing, and winter-hardy tetraploid variety suitable for both grazing and harvesting.


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