Annual ryegrass is best suited for grazing or harvest as silage.

Description

Annual ryegrass is one of the best choices for a fall planted cover crop because of its versatility, ease of establishment, amazing root system, and incredible nutrient scavenging abilities. It is an excellent soil builder, great at erosion control and weed suppression. The massive root system can add 5000 - 9000 lbs of organic material per acre, growing down to 54 inches, providing channels for air, water, and following crop root systems. Farmers have reported corn root zones down to nearly 5 feet following ryegrass.

Management

Annual ryegrass has extremely fast emergence and establishes quickly on a variety of soil types. It works well alone or in mixes. In severe winter conditions, annual ryegrass can winter kill, but roots have usually grown down 24-32 inches, sequestering leftover nutrients and providing a good start for the following crop. Incorporation will work to kill ryegrass if it is completely covered. If using glyphosate, apply a full rate when the days are warm, averaging over 50°F and the grass is growing vigorously.

Establishment

Drill at 15-25 lbs/A, 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep or fly on into standing corn at the higher rate. You can also broadcast onto bare soil and roll with a cultipacker. Seed 40 days before killing frost date to help protect from winter kill. Annual ryegrass rates in mixes can be cut to 8-15 lbs.

Kodiak

Description:

  • High yielding, high quality
  • Superior cold tolerance
  • Well suited as a cover crop
  • Root biomass will reduce soil compaction and improve water holding capacity
KB Royal Annual Ryegrass

Description:

  • More fall growth than any other ryegrass
  • Can be aerial seeded
  • Deep roots break up hard pan
  • Establishes quickly to prevent erosion
  • Great weed suppressor
  • Great nutrient scavenger
  • 4000-8000 lbs dry matter per acre

Zones: 2,3,4,5,6

MO-1

Description:

  • Cold Tolerance
  • Excellent Palatability
  • Very Vigorous
  • Superior Yields
  • Rapid Establishment

Zones: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Jumbo

Description:

  • Product of Barenbrug USA
  • Late maturing tetraploid
  • Rust resistant
  • Exhibits cold tolerance, vigorous growth habit and high forage yields
  • Suitable for harvesting (silage) and grazing
Credence

Description:

  • Superior Plant Health and vigor
  • Excellent Late Season Production
  • Fast Regrowth
  • Late Maturity, Maintaining High Forage Quality
McKinley

Description:

  • Cold tolerant
  • High Yield
  • High RFQ
  • When used as a fall planted cover crop provides high volume and quality, early spring forage