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Specialty Seeds - Ryegrass

What sort of ryegrass are you after?

We stock:

  • Annual Ryegrass: (9 – 12 months) – Super fast growing grasses lasting 9 month to 12 months, Good winter, early spring growth and feed value
  • Short Term / Italian Ryegrass: (1 – 2 years or more) – Fast growing grasses with good early spring growth lasting 1 or 2 years or longer depending on summer conditions
  • Hybrid Ryegrass: (1-5 years) – Fast growing varieties last 1 to 5 years depending on summer conditions and endophyte status
  • Perennial & Long Rotation Ryegrass (Diploid / Tetraploid) (3 – 5 years) – An excellent base for a permanent pasture mix, Good palatability and establishment
  • Other Grasses: A range of different grasses with different characteristics (i.e. Tall Fescue, Brome, Cocksfoot, Meadow Fescue, Phalaris, Timothy, Yorkshire Fog) Click here to see the other grasses that are available at Specialty Seeds

 

Annual Ryegrass

(Sowing Rates: Diploid: Alone: 20-25 kgs per ha, Mixed: 15-18 kgs per ha. Tetraploid: Alone: 25-30 kgs per ha, Mixed: 18-22 kgs per ha)

Accelerate: – Erect diploid italian ryegrass with high tiller density and broad disease tolerance.
Devour: – Tetraploid westerwolds type, selected for increased dry matter yields. Very high dry matter production. Click here for more information.
Hogan: – Tetraploid annual ryegrass, Very fast establishment, High Dry matter yield from start to finish and has high value feed.
Jivet 4n: – This tetraploid westerwolds ryegrass bred by DLF Seed’s was selected for its fast establishment and winter productivity.
Prowgrow: – Italian type with good recovery from hard grazing and vigorous establishment.
Sultan: – Fast establishing diploid westerwold ryegrass with strong Autumn/ Winter/ Spring activity.
Tama: – Tetraploid westerwolds type, very old cultivar still used for short term production becoming out classed.
Winter Star II: – A tetraploid westerwolds, annual ryegrass, suitable for quick winter feed with improved late season quality making it ideal for silage and hay production.
Zoom: – An exceptional new densely tillered and highly palatable tetraploid Westerwolds annual ryegrass specialising winter feed having outstanding cool season performance.

 

Short Term / Italian Ryegrass

(Sowing Rates: Diploid: Alone: 20-25 kgs per ha, Mixed: 15-18 kgs per ha. Tetraploid: Alone: 25-30 kgs per ha, Mixed: 18-22 kgs per ha)

Asset AR37: – The first Italian ryegrass available with AR37 novel endophyte. Asset was bred from surviving winter-active, second year plants. Asset AR37 can cause ryegrass staggers and should only be used as an undersowing option.
Accelerate: – Accelerate is a diploid italian ryegrass capable of handling tough conditions. It has broad disease resistance, good winter production with a spring boost.
Cordura: – Diploid Italian type with good cool season growth and will tolerate lower fertility situations.
Crusader: – Diploid Italian type with dense tiller numbers and strong autumn / winter growth.
Feast II: – Tetraploid Italian type selected for rotational grazing and rapid establishment.
Indulgence: – An Italian ryegrass combining the quality of a tetraploid in a diploid. Dense and finely tillered, leafy and highly palatable. Dip Q Technology
Jackpot: – Diploid Italian (+22 days) impressive summer survivability
Kano: – Italian type with excellent dry matter production proven by its extensive trial program throughout New Zealand. Has very strong winter growth even for similar Italian ryegrasses. Pesisting well into the second and third year under the right conditions. Click here for more information.
Moata: – Tetraploid type very old cultivar becoming outclassed but still widely used.
Mona: – Tetraploid Italian ryegrass late heading (+28 days) improved summer survival
Perun: First festulolium of its type on the market Perun has 80% Italian ryegrass and 20% meadow fescue in its breeding.This has shown to lead to incresed persistence and winter / spring growth. Perun has a high ME content and increased digestibilty.
Sonik: – Italian ryegrass. New release from Cropmark Seeds. Selected for very fast regrowth, dense tillar numbers leading to increased persistance.
Storm 4n: – Hybrid type ryegrass. New release from DLF Seeds. Storm is more on the perennial side with excellent grazing toloerance.

Tabu: – Italian type with proven high dry matter yields in the NFVT trials.

 

Hybrid / Short Rotation Ryegrass

(Sowing Rates: Diploid: Alone: 20-25 kgs per ha, Mixed: 15-18 kgs per ha. Tetraploid: Alone: 25-30 kgs per ha, Mixed: 18-22 kgs per ha)

Delish: – Delish is a high yielding, fine yielding and densely tillered tetraploid short rotation (hybrid) ryegrass. Delish has excellent late spring late spring/summer pasture quality.
Jeta: – Jeta was locally bred and is quick to establish (80/20), with a very high yield potential, particularly performing well into the Summer with excellent disease resistance. Jeta is a tetraploid ryegrass with a +7 day flowering date.
Maverick GII: – Maverick GII is the next generation diploid short-rotation ryegrass. Maverick GII builds on the success of Maverick Gold with improved Winter / Spring dry matter yields and furthur improvements in summer pasture quality.
Shogun: – Tetraploid hybrid ryegrass fast to establish with proven DM yields in all regions of New Zealand.
Supreme Plus: (+15)- Hybrid type suits situations with good summer moisture levels to express its summer growth and persistency attributes. HE, LE or AR1

Perennial Ryegrass

Diploid Perennial Ryegrass

(Sowing Rates: Diploid: Alone: 20-25 kgs per ha, Mixed: 15-18 kgs per ha)

We have grouped together our perennial ryegrasses into maturing dates which describes when a grass variety starts showing flower or seed heads in spring. Early Maturing” generally means better spring growth as “Late Maturing” means better late spring pasture quality.

Early Maturing: (-20 to -1 days) – Early maturing varieties best suited to dryland areas of 550-700mm of rainfall per year only. Also suited to dry paddocks on a farm or low maintenance out paddocks.

Kingston: (-3)- Upright growth habit, rapid recovery from hard grazing and suits a wide range of soil types. HE or LE

Mid Season Maturing: (0 to +10 days) – Well suited to all conditions.

NEW PRODUCT: Ansa: (+7)- Ansa is a high performance perennial with very good annual production. Its real strength is in winter. AR1.
Arrow: (+7)- Medium to late flowering with excellent winter / spring growth typically found in early flowering cultivars. Excellent disease and pulling. LE only at this stage.
Kamo: (0)- New release from PGG Wrightsons suitable for medium to low fertility situations that performs well under hard grazing situations. Strong summer and autumn production and was also selected for high resistance. Available in AR37
Nui: (0)- Older cultivar however has passed the test of time used as a general purpose ryegrass. HE or LE.
Pacific: (+1)- Use in hard grazing, medium fertility situations has excellent autumn winter production. HE or LE.
Request: – (0) Mid heading with low aftermath seeding returning to leaf production during the summer. AR37 or AR1
Rely: (0) Dense tillers and fine leaves make Rely perennial ryegrass a robust addition to your pasture portfolio. Perfect for dairy pastures in more challenging environments or for sheep and beef systems. Rely will go the distance yielding and persisting, year after year.
Ruanui: (0)- Older than Nui however widely used where low endophyte is desirable. LE
Samson: (+3)- Medium tillered general purpose ryegrass with high summer yields. HE, LE or AR1, AR37
Stellar: (+8)- Stellar offers the latest in breeding technology, combining high tiller density which aids persistence, with its exceptional quality which helps drive animal production. Dip Q Technology. LE or AR1

Late Season Maturing: (+11 to +20 days)- Better suited to paddocks with good fertility in reliable rainfall areas or under irrigation. Better late season quality than early maturing cultivars.

Alto: (+14) – Alto is a high performance late flowering perennial ryegrass suitable for all farm systems. It is the natural replacement for Impact. Alto has the following features, excellent winter production, improved spring-summer and autumn growth, high total yield, late flowering, excellent persistence, good animal performance, high feed quality, better clover compatibility and excellent rust resistance. PlusAR1 or WE.
AberMagic: (+19)- AberMagic HSG offers all the traditional yardsticks such as yield, persistence and disease resistance but more importantly offers NZ farmers the highest feed quality available from a diploid perennial ryegrass. LE , AR1
Bronte: (+13)- Bronte is a high performance perennial with total production at least equal to current standards tested, and has particularly strong winter and autumn growth. AR1
One 50: (+20)- New release from Agricom with outstanding summer, autumn and winter production. Late heading, good spring quality and summer leafiness. New Zealand bred. AR1 and LE
Prospect: (+12)- Grasslands Prospect has excellent all-year-round growth and tiller density for persistence. AR37
Trojan: (+16)- Trojan is a NEW late heading ryegrass with a low level of aftermath heading, giving it better feed quality in late spring and summer. NEA2
Ultra AR1: (+20)- New release from Cropmark seeds. High dry matter production, Late flowering (+20days) strong cool season growth. Inter species – cross New Zealand bred. AR1

Very Late Season Maturing: (+21 to +35 days) – Better suited to paddocks with good fertility in reliable rainfall areas or under cool climate irrigation. Better late season quality than early maturing cultivars.

Expo: (+21)- New release from PGG Wrightson seeds. High dry matter production, Late flowering (+21days) strong cool season growth. Expo has a high tiller density with improved carbohydrate levels. New Zealand bred. AR1 & AR37
Matrix: (+23)- Diploid type with some meadow fescue parentage, proven high ME and dry matter yields. HE or LE.
24 Seven: – (+24 days) Excellent annual production, low aftermath heading contains Edge endophyte.

Tetraploid Perennial Ryegrass

(Sowing Rates: Alone: 25-30 kgs per ha, Mixed: 18-22 kgs per ha)

Mid Season Maturing: (0 to +10 days) – Well suited to all conditions.

Ohau: (+8)- Ohau is a new release from Agricom NZ Ltd. Ohau is a high yielding tetraploid hybrid ryegrass with a medium flowering date with a similar tiller density and leaf size to most long-rotation tetraploid tetraploid ryegrasses. Ohau has rapid establishment and high winter and early spring growth, but also has outstanding growth in the late – summer and autumn. AR1 or WE.

Late Season Maturing: (+11 to +20 days) – Better suited to paddocks with good fertility in reliable rainfall areas or under irrigation. Better late season quality than early maturing cultivars.

Banquet II: (+18)- Banquet II is a tetraploid, long rotation ryegrass suitable for permanent pasture. Banquet II has also been selected for increased sugar content and digestibility, which improves rumen efficiency, animal performance and protein utilization. Endo5.
NEW PRODUCT: Kai: (+120)- Kai is a NEW densely tillered and late heading tetraploid perennial ryegrass. Shows very fast establishment and regrowth. LE

Very Late Season Maturing: (+21 to +35 days) – Better suited to paddocks with good fertility in reliable rainfall areas or under cool climate irrigation. Better late season quality than early maturing cultivars.

Base: (+22)- Base is a tetraploid perennial ryegrass available with AR37 endophyte. Base was selected from high yielding, densely tillered plants that survived 2 years of severe drought and hard sheep grazing. AR37
Bealey: (+25)- is a new generation tetraploid that offers high winter and summer growth, excellent palatability; late flowering (25 days later than standard) and good persistence with high clover compatibility. WE or NEA2
Halo: (+25)- is a new generation tetraploid to be released from Agricom this coming autumn. Halo is a late flowering perennial ryegrass only available in AR37

 

 

Varieties no longer available

(Please contact Specialty Seeds for a replacement product recommendation)

Archie: – Archie is a tetraploid annual ryegrass for quick nutritious feed over a 6-8 month period. Ideal for use between maize and other summer crops.
Boost: – Boost annual ryegrass is an economical high performance annual for grazing and silage.
Prime: – Well trialed Italian ryegrass with typically good Italian winter / spring growth. Good disease resistance under the right conditions could persist into the second year.
Warrior: – Italian type selected for summer heat and rust tolerance.
Velocity: – Velocity is a new tetraploid Italian ryegrass marketed by Seed Force. Excellent seedling vigour and rust tolerance. Velocity is a late flowering type with typical tetraploid quality.
Fortimo: – Hybrid italian ryegrass. Selected for very fast regrowth and increased persistance.
Harper: – Harper is a high performance hybrid ryegrass suitable for a medium term pasture for all farm systems. It is fast establishing, and has good year round growth and palatability.
Meridian: (-17) Very early flowering type giving improved late winter spring growth. HE, LE or # AR1
Bronsyn: (0)- Improved seasonal growth , excellent on farm performance. HE , LE or AR1
Commando: (+1)- A new high producing perennial ryegrass. High total production, with strengths in early spring and summer growth. Medium flowering date and good disease resistance. Available Autumn 2007 With AR37 endophyte. AR37, AR1 and LE.
Hillary AR1: (+4)- A new perennial ryegrass bred for improved persistence on sheep and beef farms. Developed from Ruanui plants with novel endophyte AR1, for insect tolerance. Medium flowering.
Impresario 4n:- DLF seed’s variety with strong winter and spring growth and excellent rust resistance. Impressario is also showing increased sugar content with increased palatability. HE & LE.
Indiana: – High yielding release fom DLF seeds with outstanding rust resistance. Available in high and Low endo.
AberDart: (+15)- Selected as a late flowering diploid perennial ryegrass. AberDart was also selected to have high levels of water soluble(sugar) carbohydrates. LE.
Revolution AR1: (+19)- High producing, late flowering type with good year round seasonal production and disease resistance only available with AR1 endophyte.
Impact: (+21)- Late flowering type with excellent winter and summer growth, well proven on farm results. HE, LE or AR1
Quartet II: (+25)- Very late flowering type, reduced incidence of facial eczema spores and endophyte toxicity. AR37.
Sterling: (+25)- Tetraploid densely tillared breed for strong spring growth, late flowering type. LE
Extreme: (0) Improved soluble carbohydrate level, densely tillared does not contain Lolitrem B & its novel endophyte has shown resistance Black Beetle , Argentine stem weevil and Pasture Mealy Bug. AR37, AR1 and LE
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