Perun is a tetraploid “Italian Ryegrass type” festulolium derived from crosses between Italian Ryegrass and Meadow Fescue. It looks and behaves similar to an Italian ryegrass, but with better persistence. Perun’s yield potential is as high as its sugar content and palatability. Perun is endophyte-free. Perun is a tetraploid variety of festulolium, type Italian ryegrass but with better persistence.
- Excellent Spring Growth
- High Hay Yields
- Rust/Mildew Resistant
- Excellent Palatability
- Good Persistence
Perun can be used anywhere that perennial ryegrass is currently being used. For best results, Perun should be utilized for silage or hay as a pure stand or in mixtures with other late maturing grasses such as perennial ryegrass and late maturing orchard-grass, or as a high quality grass in alfalfa/grass hay production.
Yield and quality
The yield is high with relatively high sugar content. Perun is used for silage as pure crop or in mixture with other grasses like perennial ryegrass, tall fescue types of festulolium, and red clover. In such mixtures, Perun participates with high dry matter yield – especially in the 1st harvest year – with very good quality. Great for extending the life of thin alfalfa fields for up to 3 years.
Promising trial results
Official trials in UK has shown very early spring growth and very high yields in the 1.st cut. Good resistance to rust, dreschlere and mildew.Yields under short growing season in Canada and USA are also very promising. In the August 2000 Michigan State University hay trials, it was the highest yielding variety (over 8 tons of dry matter per acre) among 20 entries of various species and was also the highest rated in terms of palatability. In the 2001 Cornell hay trial, Perun was 21% higher in yield than the top perennial ryegrass.
Festuloliums are crosses between ryegrass and either be a meadow or tall fescue. The variety differences can range from short lived to perennial. They also range in their agronomic traits from ryegrass-like to tall fescue-like. Another caution with festulolium varieties is aftermath heading of summer headiness.
Seed size is identical in size and weight with tall fescue and they mix well together without separating. Seeding rate as a nurse crop with tall fescue and alfalfa is between 2 to 3 lbs per acre. For pastures in the upper Midwest, we use 5 lbs per acre. For a pure stand the seeding rate is the same as tall fescue. This is not commonly done as stand life is approximately 3 years with the fist year being the most productive and declining from there on. However this characteristic with its fast establishment makes it an excellent nurse crop for alfalfa and tall fescue.
Festulolium fertilizer requirement are intermediate between ryegrass and tall fescue.
Organic seeds are grown by certified organic growers that adhere to the strict organic practices required by the Organic Food Production Act of 1990. No chemical fertilizer, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, or herbicides are allowed in the production of this seed. Genetic purity is maintained throughout the production, processing, and packaging of this seed. Organic certificate available upon request.
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