Annual ryegrass can be planted almost year around, as long as nighttime temperatures are above 40 degrees and daytime temperatures are above 55 degrees, adequate germination and growth can be accomplished.
September through March, depending on location.
August through October.
As soon as the temperatures are adequate. Can be frost seeded. If overseeding warm-season pastures, mow or graze warm-season grasses short before planting annual ryegrass to aid in establishment.
• Always take soil test and consult your local extension service or fertilizer dealer for specific recommendations.
• Sowing: depending on soil test, a complete fertilizer such as 16-16-16 is helpful for establishment.
• Correct soil acidity, best between 5.5 and 7.
• A minimum of 30-40 units of nitrogen after each grazing or cutting will maximize forage production.
• Graze lightly when grass reaches 6 inches.
• Never graze below 3 inches.
• Short, intensive grazing is ideal.
• Avoid grazing when frozen.
• Never cut below 3 inches.
• Highest quality is at vegetative maturity.
• Optimum level of yield to quality ratio will usually maximize at boot stage.
2 yr. ave. 2017-19
lbs./acre Diamond T 6,880 Prine 6,797 Attain 6,569 Fria 6,395 Big Boss 6,195
3 yr. ave. 2017-20
lbs./acre Diamond T 8,094 Jackson 7,537 Nelson 7,298 Gulf 6,853 Prine 6,293
Alabama, Southern Region
lbs./acre Diamond T 4,555 Nelson 4,175 Attain 4,120 Marshall 4,079 Grits 4,022
lbs./acre Diamond T 9,724 Nelson 8,400 Big Boss 7,663 Jumbo 7,585 Marshall 7,519
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