Italian Ryegrasses by Barenbrug

Italian ryegrass provides excellent quality forage for up to two years, depending on climate and available moisture. Due to its quick regrowth, very early development in spring and prolonged growing period in the fall this species usually has greater overall productivity than other cool seson grasses. When planted in the spring, most plants will stay vegetative until it has vernalized the following winter. This results in high quality forage production without the low quality stems and seed heads during the first year. Recently, Italian ryegrass has been recognized as the perfect rotation crop for plow down or emergency feed. Crops that follow a stand of Italian ryegrass also show higher yields, compared to other green manure crops.

Green Spirit®

Italian Ryegrass Blend

  • Excellent forage quality
  • High dry matter production
  • Does not go to head during the first year 
  • Handles multiple manure applications

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Green Spirit®

Green Spirit® provides excellent quality forage for up to two years, depending on climate and available moisture. Due to its quick regrowth, very early development in the spring and prolonged growing period in the fall, this species usually has greater overall productivity than other cool season grasses. 

Use this perfect combination of both diploid and tetraploid Italian ryegrasses as a rotation crop for fall planting. When planted in the spring, seed heads do not emerge during the first year. Green Spirit is a perfect high-quality emergency feed. Compared to small grains, Green Spirit offers higher yields of higher quality forage for a lower seed cost. Green Spirit comes from our NutriFiber™, Pinpoint™, and Covergraze™ families of products. 

 

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Key Features 

  • High dry-matter production 
  • Harvest 4-5 times per season 
  • Does not go to seed during the first year 

 

Technical Information 

Establishment 

Green Spirit® may be planted in the fall or spring. We recommend drilling Green Spirit for best results. Prior to planting, apply 100 lbs of a 20:20:20 fertilizer. For fall planting, plant immediately after harvest to improve establishment and graze or cut prior to winter in order to thicken the stand and promote winter survival. For spring planting, plant early in the spring. Green Spirit may be planted via full-cultivation, no-till drill or broadcast seeding. When planting as a nurse crop for a perennial or interplanting into an existing alfalfa stand broadcast or drill in a manner to stagger the placement of Green Spirit with the other crop. 

 

Seeding Rate 

Seeding Rate:                                           30-40 lbs/acre 

Planted as a nurse crop:                           5 lbs/acre 

No-till into winter-killed alfalfa:                  25 lbs/acre 

Plant Depth:                                              1/4 inch 

 

Management: 

Grazing systems: graze 6-8 inches down to 3-4 inches

Cutting systems: harvest at 12-18 inches

Green Spirit responds well to nitrogen fertilization

It is recommended to apply 40 units of nitrogen following each cutting 

 

Adaptation: Climate 

Green Spirit is suited for all planting zones. In the norther United States, it can be used as a spring planted annual crop. In the transition zone it performs as a biannual forage crop. IN the southern U.S., it is suited as an annual crop for winter production in mono-stands or in mixtures with winter cereals. Green Spirit performs well in the western U.S. with supplemental irrigation. 

 

Adaptation: Soil 

Green Spirit is adapted to a wide range of soil conditions - it performs in heavy clay soils and light sandy soils. 

 

Trial Data 

 

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Specifications
Seeding Rate
30-40 lbs/acre
Planted as a nurse crop:
5 lbs/acre
No-till in winter-killed alfalfa
25 lbs/acre
Plant Depth
1-4 inch
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