12 new varieties added to the Recommended Grass and Clover Lists

Farmers wanting to improve their grassland can now choose from 12 new varieties of ryegrass and one white clover variety when planning for reseeding.

The new varieties have been added to the 2018/2019 Recommended Grass and Clover Lists (RGCL) which will be launched at the Grassland UK event at the Bath & West showground on 10 May and Royal Welsh Grassland event in Powys on 16 May.

Dr Liz Genever, AHDB senior scientist, said: “The lists give details on the performance and characteristics of each variety. When thinking about reseeding they are an invaluable tool, helping farmers make informed decisions with their seed merchants about the varieties that will perform best on their farm and help them get the most out of their grassland.

“Only grasses and clovers that have undergone at least four years of independent testing are included in the lists. Varieties are rigorously tested for factors such as total and seasonal yield, feed quality, disease and persistence before making the Recommended Grass and Clover Lists.”

In addition to providing information on the varieties, the RGCL also includes a range of technical information for farmers on how they can manage their reseed and maximise the productivity of their grassland.

The 2018/2019 RGCL handbook and the full lists for merchants will be available to download from beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/returns and britishgrassland.com/rgcl from 10 May 2017.  The online interactive version for perennial ryegrasses has been updated and will be available at dairy.ahdb.org.uk. Hard copies of the handbook will be available from the AHDB stand at Grassland UK on the 10 May (stand 26) and the AHDB and HCC stands at the Royal Welsh Grassland event on 26 May (stand 30).

 

Name Type
Galgorm* Intermediate perennial ryegrass (diploid)
Excellent total annual yield under simulated grazing with a good mid-season D value. Excellent early, spring and late summer seasonal growth. Excellent total annual yields under conservation management, with excellent second cut D value and third and fourth cut yields in the first harvest year. Very good resistance to crown rust, with limited data showing good resistance to mildew.
AstonVision Intermediate perennial ryegrass (tetraploid)
Excellent mid-season D value under simulated grazing, with excellent early, spring and autumn growth. Excellent second conservation cut D value and fourth cut yield in the first harvest year. Good ground cover under both management regimes. Excellent resistance to crown rust, with limited data showing good resistance to drechslera.
Callan Late perennial ryegrass (diploid)
Excellent total annual yields under simulated grazing, with excellent early and spring growth. Excellent total annual yields under conservation management, with excellent first, third and fourth cut yields in the first conservation year. Limited data shows both excellent winter hardiness and very good resistance to mildew.
Oakpark Late perennial ryegrass (diploid)
Excellent total annual yield under simulated grazing, with excellent seasonal growth from early summer through to autumn. Excellent total annual yields under conservation management, with an excellent first cut yield in the first harvest year. Limited data shows good resistance to mildew.
AberBann Late perennial ryegrass (diploid)
Excellent total annual yield and mid-season D value under simulated grazing management, excellent seasonal growth from spring through to autumn with outstanding early summer growth. Excellent total annual yields under conservation management, with good first and second cut yields and excellent third and fourth cut yields in the first harvest year.
Bowie Late perennial ryegrass (diploid)
Excellent total annual yield under simulated grazing, with excellent growth from early summer through to autumn. Good total annual yields under conservation management, with excellent first cut D value in the first harvest year and excellent second, third and fourth cut yields. Limited data shows very good resistance to mildew.
Nashota Late perennial ryegrass (tetraploid)
Excellent total annual yield under simulated grazing, with excellent growth for early grazing as well as in spring and early summer. Excellent total annual yields under conservation management, with excellent first and fourth cut yields, and good second and third cut yields. Excellent ground cover under grazing management, with good ground cover under conservation management and excellent resistance to crown rust.
Thegn Late perennial ryegrass (tetraploid)
Excellent first conservation cut D value in the first harvest year, with excellent third and fourth cut yields. Excellent total annual yield under simulated grazing with excellent late summer growth. Good ground cover under both conservation and simulated grazing management. Limited data shows good winter hardiness. Good resistance to crown rust, with limited data showing good resistance to mildew.
Barimax* Italian ryegrass (tetraploid)
Excellent total annual yields in the first harvest year, with good first conservation cut D value, excellent second conservation cut yield and excellent growth under the monthly cuts regime. Good second harvest year yields. Very good resistance to crown rust.
Bannfoot* Hybrid ryegrass (tetraploid)
Good total annual yields in the second harvest year and excellent total annual yields in the third harvest year. Good yields in the year of sowing. Excellent first cut yield and second cut D value in the first conservation year. Excellent ground cover under simulated grazing management, with limited data showing very good winter hardiness. Very good resistance to ryegrass mosaic virus, mildew and crown rust.
Perseus Hybrid ryegrass (Festulolium type)
Good total annual yields in the second and third harvest years, with good yields in the year of sowing. Good first conservation cut yield in the first harvest year. Excellent crown rust resistance, very good resistance to ryegrass mosaic virus and good resistance to mildew.
AberSwan White clover
Very good yields in the second and third harvest years, with good ground cover under both light and hard autumn defoliation and hard spring defoliation.

 

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