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Focus on species when reseeding

Sector News Sector News5-4-2019
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Now is the time to assess the condition of swards and consider not only the importance of reseeding but also the species used when renovating leys. Leys that have been reseeded, or regularly over seeded, will provide greater yields but also better-quality grass. Using PLUS-Grasses, which are a cross between a fescue and an Italian or perennial ryegrass, not only add longevity to the ley but also provide some stress tolerance in both dry and wet conditions.

These grasses combine the characteristics of fescue and ryegrasses. Fescues contribute high dry matter yield, resistance to cold, drought tolerance and persistence. Ryegrasses offer rapid establishment, good spring growth, digestibly, high sugar content, and palatability. PLUS Grasses are also higher yielding than their parent lines. Depending on the variety and growing conditions, these grasses produce between 5% and 25% more forage and between one and two years of additional persistency, compared to standard fescues and ryegrasses. They can also withstand colder winters and drought. ForFarmers are featuring the PLUSGrass Hipast Perennial Tall Fescue Plus in its TOPGRASS grazing leys, to provide additional yield, persistency, and stress tolerance. With an extra 1.5tDM/hectare yield, compared to standard tall fescues, along with increased protein content, Hipast Tall Fescue PLUS, as well as 60% diploid perennial content in TOPGRASS All Graze and 80% diploid perennial content in TOPGRASS Dairygen, will provide good sward density.