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Handy Hints: Ten new grass varieties make the cut for recommended list

NIABTAG trials manager Simon Kerr introduces 10 new varieties in the 2015-2016 Recommended Grassland and Clocer List (RGCL)

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Caledon

Tetraploid - intermediate perennial ryegrass

 

  • This species was initially tested as a late heading group variety and, as a consequence, conservation cuts were taken one week late.

This may result in an over-estimation of the total annual yield under conservation management and an under-estimation of the quality. Limited data shows excellent resistance to drechslera and very good resistance to mildew.

 

It is specially recommended for the outstanding total annual yields under simulated grazing management, specifically from early summer onwards.

Elyria 

Intermediate perennial ryegrass

  • Above average total annual yields under simulated grazing management which include good late summer yields. Good total annual yields in the third harvest year under conservation management. Good resistance to crown rust and mildew with limited data showing moderate resistant to drechslera.

Ramore 

Tetraploid - intermediate perennial rye-grass 

 

  • Excellent total annual yields in the first harvest year including a good first cut D-value and outstanding total annual yields in the third harvest year under conservation management. Very good resistance to mildew, moderately susceptible to crown rust and limited data showing very good resistance to drechslera. Specially recommended for conservation situations rather than simulated grazing.

Cavendish 

Late perennial ryegrass

  • Very good total annual yields combined with above average good first and second cut D-values in the first harvest year under conservation management. Good overall ground cover under both managements. Limited data shows good resistance to mildew. Recommended only where drechslera is unlikely to be a problem due to its high susceptibility to the disease.

Glenarm 

Late perennial ryegrass

  • Outstanding spring yields under simulated grazing management for a late diploid variety. Good total annual yields in the first harvest year including an outstanding first cut yield under conservation management.

This allows cutting to be brought forward to increase the below average quality but maintain very good yields. Excellent total annual yield in the third harvest year under conservation management. Limited data shows very good resistance to mildew but some susceptibility to drechslera

Hurricane

Tetraploid - late perennial ryegrass

  • Very good total annual yield in the first harvest year including an excellent first cut yield under conservation management. This allows cutting to be brought forward to increase the rather low quality but maintain good yields. Excellent total annual yield in the third harvest year under conservation management. Limited data shows moderate resistance to drechslera and very good resistance to mildew. Specially recommended for conservation management systems rather than grazing

Solas

Tetraploid - late perennial ryegrass

  • Good total annual yields under simulated grazing management which include excellent late summer yields. Very good second conservation cut yield in the first harvest year and excellent total annual yield in the third harvest year under conservation management. Moderate resistance to crown rust, there is also limited data showing good resistance to drechslera and very good resistance to mildew.

Timing

Late perennial ryegrass

  • Good total annual yields under simulated grazing management including excellent early summer yields. Very good total annual yield in the first harvest year for a late diploid variety under conservation management, including an excellent second cut yield. Also very good total annual yields in the third harvest year under conservation management. Limited data shows moderate resistance to both drechslera and mildew.

Youpi

Tetraploid - late perennial ryegrass

 

  • Good total annual yields under simulated grazing including excellent late summer yields. Very good total annual yields in the third harvest year under conservation management. Limited data shows excellent resistance to drechslera and very good resistance to mildew.

Cazzano

Tetraploid - italian ryegrass

  • Outstanding total annual yields in the second harvest year. Excellent second conservation cut D-value in the first harvest year which allows cutting to be delayed to improve the slightly low yield but maintain good quality. Very good resistance to mildew with limited data showing susceptibility to ryegrass mosaic virus and moderate susceptibility to crown rust.

 

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