Description:

Tetrabana XL is a blend of tetraploid Italian ryegrasses. It offers high levels of digestible carbohydrates which contribute to increased weight gain and milk yield. The well developed root system supports additional top growth and provides cattle with a cleaner, healthier environment when wet conditions exist.

  • Highly palatable
  • High leaf to stem ratio: higher digestibility
  • Good drought & heat tolerance, able to persist into late summer in second year
  • Excellent for high-traffic or wet pastures
  • High yielding & top feed qualities
  • Rapid establishment – ideal for intensive grazing, renovating pastures & frost seeding

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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.): 8-12
Stop (in.): 3-6
Avg. Days Rest: 25-30

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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