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Ryegrass Pasture SeedPerennial & Annual Ryegrass Pasture Seed are planted extensively for permanent and short term winter pastures all over the world.

Grown in single stands or mixed with other forage crops either annual or perennial ryegrass have exceptional qualities much desired by the forage industry. Please scroll down for more on ryegrass for pastures.

Choices in Ryegrass For Pastures

Ryegrass seeds are available in either perennial or annual species with choices of grass types within these species. Here we strive to help you understand the difference between perennial ryegrass and annual rye grass so that you can make an informed choice for your pasture ryegrass. Several ryegrass types exist and species within the ryegrass genus (Lolium) readily cross with one another, resulting in a wide variety of plant types. This may cause some confusion when trying to determine the best choice for pasture planting.

Pasture Ryegrass Seed Cultivars available are:

  • Annual or Italian Ryegrass Seed - (Lolium multiflorum Lam.) - Primarily used in the southeast USA as a winter forage crop; Native to Southern Europe; Cold tolerant; behaves as a biennial or perennial depending on environment and if allowed to seed - Read more about Annual Ryegrass Pastures.
  • Perennial Ryegrass Seed - (Lolium perenne L.) - Native to Europe, Asia and North Africa; Used primarily in the northeast, northwest, and northern mid-west US; Read more about Perennial Ryegrass Pastures.
  • Intermediate (Short Rotation) Ryegrass - (Lolium hybridum, Hausska.) is a cross between perennial and annual ryegrass thus possessing intermediate traits of the two cultivars.
  • Festulolium Pasture Rye Grass Cross (Hybrid) - (Festulolium braunii, K.A.) - derived from a cross between either Italian or perennial ryegrass and meadow fescue

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Perennial Ryegrass Information

Perennial ryegrass seed is planted in the colder areas of the United States for northern pastures and hay. This grass is best grown with more than one variety to establish sod density and achieve a higher degree of forage.

Perennial Ryegrass pastures are highly palatable and nutritious. Perennial Ryegrass grass is also used in grass seed mixes. Ryegrass is a multi-purpose grass used to seed with clovers or other legumes, bromes, wheat grasses, orchard grass, timothy, hybrid ryegrass, tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass. Each grass seed mix is selected for specific reasons and according to the areas of adaptation. Perennial ryegrass is also a multi-used grass in overseeding summer forages and less winter hardy grass.

Perennial Ryegrass Seeding Rate

Broadcast at 20-30 LB/Acre (30-35 for best results in low to medium fertile fields), lightly harrowing afterward to get good soil contact. Overseeding will require less seed -- generally 15  lbs per acre.

READ MORE ABOUT PERENNIAL RYEGRASS PASTURES

Do Not Plant Ryegrass Developed For Lawns In Pastures!

Due to the potential for some ryegrasses to produce higher than desirable Endophyte production of toxins, you should only plant ryegrasses that have a known history of safe use for forages. Most of the newer improved perennial ryegrass varieties for lawns may contain endophytes and are NOT usually suitable or recommended for pasture use. You should plant an annual or Perennial ryegrass variety that is known to be safe for animals. Most of the annual ryegrasses (gulf / improved forage varieties - Marshall, Passerel Plus Ryegrass, Gulf Annual Ryegrass, etc.) are safe for forage purposes.

Annual Rye Grass Information

Annual ryegrass seed is one of the most versatile forage grasses grown. Planted on its own or in almost any mixture imaginable, this grass is used for pastures and wildlife forage all over the world. Fast germinating, quick growing, highly palatable to all types of livestock and deer plus providing winter pastures makes this grass almost a necessity on many farms and ranches. A great companion grass for oats, winter rye, clovers, any grassing seed, farm crop, vegetable fields, berry producers, orchard - any place adapted for annual ryegrass can benefit in some manner in planting ryegrass. This is also a ready source of silage, green manure, and hay.

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Additional reading on Gulf Annual Ryegrass

Annual ryegrass is used to overseed thousands of acres of summer pasture grasses and erosion sites on farms and ranches. Planting ryegrass is also an effective natural method that can lessen nematode infestation if used in rotational plantings with other crops. Also great for use as a natural weed controller when sown in heavy stands.

There are several improved annual ryegrass varieties adapted for the Southern pastures and for overseeding of those pastures to provide additional green forage. Passerel Plus Ryegrass, Marshall and Gulf Annual Ryegrass are three popular ones of the many varieties sold today.

Annual Ryegrass Seeding Rate

Seed planting rate for Annual Ryegrass is 25-40 lbs. per acre. Overseeding will require less seed -- generally 15 lbs per acre. Harrow or aerate for best results to make good seed / soil contact.

PASSEREL PLUS ANNUAL RYEGRASS
Passerel is a high yielding pasture grass with a digestible nutrient level of level of 75%+ and was number one in 95-96 University of Fla. trials yielding 9320 lbs./acre over the nearest competitor. More heat tolerant than Marshall providing a longer grazing period. high palatability. One of the best annual grasses for hay and forage.

USES FOR GULF ANNUAL RYEGRASS

Gulf annual ryegrass is a basic annual ryegrass used in short term winter pastures, companion crop planting, green manure, erosion control, wildlife food plots, and to overseed any warm season ground cover or grass. Palatable and easily grown in most all situations.

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