Fantastic Annual Ryegrass
Fantastic Annual Ryegrass

Fantastic Annual Ryegrass

Overview

A dynamic, annual diploid ryegrass, specifically bred for early winter feed.

• Very fast to first grazing and exceptionally rapid regrowth
• Outstanding dry matter yields
• Very high winter growth rate
• Early-maturing variety, producing excellent quality silage and hay
• Ideal to oversow rundown pastures

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Scientific Name
Lolium multiflorum

Sowing Rate: 25-30 kg/ha
Blend Rate: 5-15 kg/ha


Plant Characteristics

  • Densely tillered diploid
  • Annual plant
  • Characterised by fine leaves

Maturity

Early flowering date designed specifically for early winter feed.
Days to flowering relative to Nui (0) = -6

Area of Adaption

  • For maximum production use in medium to high rainfall zones
  • Will tolerate lower rainfall/shorter seasons due to its earlier flowering date.

Seed Size

500,000-600,000 seeds per kg

(Source: Pasture Varieties used in NSW 2006-2007, Bev Zurbo, 2006)

Soil Type

Fantastic is best suited to well-drained loam soil types but adapts to a wide range of fertility levels and soil profiles. Diploid annuals will cope with some water-logging providing the growing tip is above water. To maximise stand productivity, soil testing is advisable. Analyse soil and neutralise deficiencies with fertiliser and/or lime.

Fertility

Good 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

Diploid ryegrass has relatively small seed compared to tetraploid ryegrass and may be sown at a lighter rate. Sow at 25-30kg/ha alone or 5-15kg/ha as part of a mix. Sow into bared ground if direct drilling. Lightly harrow and roll to improve germination. Suitable for oversowing into an established stand. Pasture productivity is directly related to successful plant establishment.

Disease and Pest Management

During 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.

Weed Control

Fantastic 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.

Grazing

Do not graze Fantastic 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. Fantastic 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 Quality

Annual diploids maintain grazing quality late into the season. Fantastic 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 good season.

Animal Health

To optimise livestock weight gain and health, ensure livestock are vaccinated and drenched. To prevent nutritional problems make gradual diet changes when introducing hungry stock to lush pastures. Consult your Upper Murray Seeds agronomist for more information.

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