Awesome Short Term Ryegrass
Lolium multiflorum - SKU:
A biennial diploid ryegrass providing extended grazing into summer.
Maintains quality late into season
Produces high quality hay and silage
Exceptionally rapid regrowth
- Diploid biennial type
- Italian parentage
- Will persist for 2 seasons in favourable conditions
MaturityA very late maturing plant designed to produce DM well into summer if supplied with summer rainfall or irrigation.
Days to flowering relative to Nui (0) = +18
Area of Adaption
- Medium to high rainfall zones
- Suitable for irrigation
Soil TypeAwesome is well adapted to a wide range of fertility levels and soil profiles, but performs best in a well-drained loam. Diploid biennials will cope with short-term water-logging provided the growing tip is above water. To maximise stand productivity, soil testing is advisable. Analyse soil and neutralise deficiencies with fertiliser and/or lime.
FertilityGood base rates of phosphorus are necessary for maximum DM production especially during establishment phase. DM production is directly related to nitrogen availability. Consult your Upper Murray Seeds agronomist or fertiliser advisor for nitrogen application rates.
Sowing GuidelinesDiploid ryegrass has relatively small seed (compared to tetraploid ryegrass) and may be sown at a lighter rate. Sow at 20-25kg/ha alone or 5-10kg/ha when a component of a pasture blend. Sow seed no deeper than 1cm in a fine but firm seed bed. Sow into bared ground if direct drilling. Lightly harrowand roll to improve germination. Suitable for oversowing into an established stand. Pasture productivity is directly related to suc-cessful plant establishment.
Disease and Pest ManagementDuring emergence it is essential to monitor regularly for damage from insects such as RLEM and lucerne flea, and spray as required. Inspect during early stand life for populations of black-headed cockchafer and slugs. Contact your Upper Murray Seeds agronomist for spray application rates.
Ph: 7 - 7
Sow Rate: 2 - 2kg/ha
Ph: 7 - 7
Sow Rate: 2 - 2kg/ha
Weed ControlAwesome seedlings germinate quickly and are very competitive once established. Always use a knockdown herbicide to ensure you are sowing into a clean seedbed. Monitor for post-emergent weeds and spray as required. Use options such as spray-grazing for broadleaf weeds.
GrazingDo not graze Awesome until the plant is well anchored and root depth is established. Carry out a quick in-paddock ‘grab test’ by hand to ensure stock cannot pull plants out of the ground. Awesome should be rotationally grazed to maintain 2-3 leaves per tiller. If the stand is allowed to grow beyond the three-leaf stage, it may run to head earlier and there will be a proportional reduction in quality and productivity.
Feed QualityBiennial diploids maintain grazing quality late into the season. Awesome ryegrass is ideal for high quality hay production. Its prolific regrowth capacity means it is possible to cut both silage and hay in the one season.
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