BG-24T is a unique, innovative blend of early- and intermediate maturing diploid and tetraploid perennial ryegrass varieties. Nearly a decade ago, Barenbrug released BG-34, a blend with late maturing perennial ryegrass varieties. Since then, Barenbrug breeders have selected new, more heat and cold tolerant perennial ryegrass varieties. Research has shown that under high summer temperatures, intermediate maturing varieties perform better than very late maturing varieties. These new varieties have better disease tolerance and perform better in the extreme environmental conditions of the cooler regions of the US. BG-24T consists of mainly diploid perennial ryegrass varieties which provide stand density along with some tetraploid perennial ryegrass varieties which improve the overall palatability and productivity of the grass.
- Earlier maturity matches well with the transition zone
- Contains both diploid and tetraploid varieties to optimize yield and density
- Typically out yields BG-34 from I-70 South
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.
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.
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.
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