Italian ryegrass

Due to its exceptional vigour, Italian ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum) can be sown all through the year for purposes of green manure or forage production. If sown in autumn, there will be a very productive cut early after winter. Joordens has diploid and tetraploid varieties available. Tetraploid varieties have broader leaves and are more palatable than diploid varieties. However, in general, diploid varieties are more persistent.

ITALIAN RYEGRASS - LOLIUM MULTIFLORUM
Sowing rate 35-40 kg/ha as main crop, 20-25 kg/ha as intercrop
Season¹ Main crop in summer and autumn, as intercrop in March and April
Sowing depth 1-2 cm
Row distance As with cereals
Fertilizer Spring 80-100 kg N/ha. After every use or cut 60-80 kg N/ha, in use as cover crop 80 kg/ha
Varieties Emmerson, Tetraflorum
¹ Based on moderate climate zone (North-West and Central Europa)