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Perennial Ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.)

Characteristics

  • Yield based on 3 harvests/season
  • Seeds/pound: 227,000
  • Seeding rate: 15-20 lbs pure live seed/acre
  • Better suited to pasture
  • Must be used in combination with other species
  • Good for short-term stabilizing cover and for soil improvement

Advantages

  • very good quality possible
  • easy to establish, rapid growth rate
  • good tolerance to close grazing

Concerns

  • no varieties have consistently persisted in NYS to-date
  • poor drought and heat tolerance
  • not well suited to poorly-drained soils
  • poor shade tolerance

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