Description:

Enhancer Diploid Italian Ryegrass was developed for both hay and silage production plus grazing. Enhancer has excellent forage quality. During seven years of research at the University of Kentucky, Enhancer demonstrated extremely good forage production.

  • High-yielding + improved forage quality
  • High leaf to stem ratio: higher digestibility
  • Good drought & heat tolerance allowing persistence into late summer of second year

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Elite Variety

Establishment: Fast
Persistence: Medium
Drought Tolerance: Medium High
Winter Hardiness: Medium
Palatability: High
Yield Potential: Medium High
Grazing Tolerance: High

Seeding Rate:
Alone (lbs./acre): 20-40
Mixes (lbs./acre): 5-10
Seeds/lb.: 227,000
Depth (in.): 1/4-1/2

Planting Time:
Mar.-May; Aug.-Sept.
Emergence (days): 5-14
Life Cycle: Annual

Adaptation
These grasses have a wide range of adaptability to soils, but thrive best on fertile soils with pH between 5.5-6.5. They produce well in regions having mild climates and do not withstand hot, dry weather or severe winters. They will stand fairly wet soils with reasonably good surface drainage.

Establishment
Plant seed ¼-½ in. deep in well prepared seedbed. In general, annual ryegrass component of a mix should be 20% or less since it is very competitive, due to rapid germination and good seedling vigor.

Rotational Grazing:

Begin (in.): 6-12
Stop (in.): 3-4
Avg. Days Rest: 7-15

Hay or Haylage Harvest:
Cut boot to mid-bloom

Ryegrass is generally cut for hay when seed heads start to emerge. Pastures should be rotationally grazed when spring growth is 3-4 in. high. Allowing 7-10 in. of regrowth between grazings benefit yields and persistence. On new seedings, harvest or grazing should be delayed until plants are 10-12 in. tall. Ryegrass responds well to good management, such as intensive rotational grazing and fertilizer applications.

The Forage First Advantage:
Italian Types: Greater persistence can be expected with this high quality superstar of Northern forage. The winter survival and forage yields have been the focus of improvement of this species. Remember that during the establishment year these Italian types will remain in their vegetative stage but will act as an annual after winter dormancy for the second year and will need to be managed as such.

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