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Italian ryegrass

Lolium multiflorum ssp. italicum

 

Italian ryegrass is a fast-growing, medium-sized grass which grows in tussocks over several years and is mainly used for forage cultivation. Italian ryegrass differs from perennial ryegrass mainly in terms of its higher dry matter yields, greater height and lower persistence. Under ideal conditions it can be cropped up to six times a year. The rapid growth of Italian ryegrass makes it possible to get a 2-4 week edge over grasslands when cultivated on arable soils with sufficient water supply, with 2-3 more cuts per year. An extra cut for feed can be obtained for the autumn if sown in good time after harvesting the main crop.

 

Bundle: 25 kg

Category: Grasses and legumes

  • Sowing and fertilising instructions
    Sowing rate:

    40–45 kg/ha for growing alone; 20–25 kg/ha for undersowing

    Distance between rows:

    as cereals

    Sowing period:

    for growing alone until September; for undersowing in cereals in March and April

    Fertiliser:

    as a main crop in spring 80–100 kg N/ha, for any other use 60–80 kg N/ha, as a catch crop 80 kg N/ha

    Sowing depth:

    1–2 cm