$1.37 per lb
Total (50 lbs): $68.50

Zorro Italian Ryegrass Seed has high rust resistance, resistance to dry periods, and erect growth even in rainy weather. Buy yours here!

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Weight: 50 lbs Seed Rate: 35 to 45 lbs/acre Stock Status: Out of stock Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Brand: SKU: 484-IR10

Product Description

Zorro is a tetraploid Italian Ryegrass with excellent qualities like: high resistance to Rust, very productive,resistance to dry periods, erect growth even in times of rainy weather. At the same time, great results achieved under warm climatic conditions prove Zorro has a high drought tolerance as well. Furthermore, the high production is easy to harvest, as Zorro is very resistant to lodging.

High quality yield

At eleven trail stations in north Germany, Zorro showed the highest DM Yield. In the regrowth the appearance of stems is fewer compared to other varieties, indicating Zorro has a higher leaf mass. This secures a high production of very high quality forage because more leaf than stems means more digestible forage.  Recent test results from Kentucky show that Zorro yields more than most other varieties. Zorro can shoot a few heads if spring sown but still maintains excellent quality and superior yields.

  • Even yield over the year
  • Out yielding standard varieties by far
  • Top crude protein yield
  • Remarkable rust resistance

Italian Ryegrass

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.


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.


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.

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