|Italian ryegrass - Lolium multiflorum - Italiaans raaigras - Welsches Weidelgras - Ray-grass d'Italie|
Due to its enormous vigour, Italian ryegrass can be sown all through the year for purposes of green manure or forage production. In case of sowing in autumn, there will be a very productive cut early after winter.
Joordens has diploid and tetraploid varieties available. Tetraploid varieties have broader leaves and are more palatable than diploid varieties. However, in general, diploid varieties are more persistent. Diploid varieties have a lower thousand grain weight, so the sowing rate per hectare is lower. The sowing rate of diploid varieties is approximately 35 kg per hectare and tetraploid varieties are sown at 40 kg per hectare.
The diploid Italian ryegrass variety Energyl is selected for high forage yields and rapid recovery after grazing. It has a good cool season production and second year recovery. Its high disease resistance and quick establishment guarantee high, palatable yields of excellent quality.
Emmerson is a broad leaved tetraploid ryegrass adapted to a wide range of environments. It has excellent establishment vigour and produces best in warm environments. It has very good autumn, early winter production and a large spring flush, ideal for fodder conservation. Emmerson has shown excellent disease resistance, in particular a low incidence of rust in humid environments. It has a fast establishment and grazing recovery.