Mi­nor­ity types of­fer al­ter­na­tive

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WHILE peren­nial rye­grass makes up 95pc of all grass seed used in Ire­land, the re­main­ing 5pc con­sists of other rye­grass va­ri­eties and clover. have low sward den­si­ties and are sus­cep­ti­ble to poach­ing un­der ad­verse con­di­tions.

The Ital­ian rye­grasses on this year’s Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture Rec­om­mended List are Davinci (diploid), Fabio ( tetraploid) and Nabucco (tetraploid). higher than the in­ter­me­di­ate and late groups of peren­nial rye­grass, but lower than the Ital­ian rye­grasses. Hy­brids tend to be more stemmy in sum­mer than the in­ter­me­di­ates and lates, but less stemmy than the Ital­ians.

Four hy­brid rye­grasses made it onto the Rec­om­mended List – AberEve (tetraploid), Al­liance (tetraploid), Li­gunda (diploid) and Pirol (diploid). abil­i­ties. They are clas­si­fied ac­cord­ing to leaf size into very large, large, medium and small leaved types. Very large and large leaved va­ri­eties are rel­a­tively tol­er­ant to ni­tro­gen fer­tiliser us­age and com­pete well with com­pan­ion grasses, mak­ing them suit­able for silage pro­duc­tion.

Medium leaved va­ri­eties are more suited to graz­ing but can also be used in silage mixes. Small leaved va­ri­eties are suit­able only for graz­ing.

AberHer­ald, Alice, Aran, Avoca, Bar­blanca, Chief­tain and Cru­sader are the rec­om­mended white clovers for this year.

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