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A very high yielding diploid Italian ryegrass which displays strong year-round growth and strong persistence where conditions allow. Surge is fast establishing, has high forage quality, is late heading (+21 days) enabling pasture quality to be carried through longer into early summer.
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MEGABITE Premium is a proven versatile long season diploid and tetraploid blend enhanced with late seeding material to improve both palatability and energy produced per hectare. The fast establishing MegaBite Premium will produce high yields into early summer and can perform well into a second year with suitable conditions.
ITALIAN RYEGRASS OVERVIEW
Italian ryegrass (also known as short rotation ryegrass) is fast establishing winter active ryegrass that is commonly sown as a high quality short term winter pastures to provide multiple grazings in winter and spring.
More persistent that annual ryegrass, Italian ryegrasses can persist for 2-3 years dependent on seasonal conditions. The optimum environment are regions of mild summers under irrigation or reliable summer rainfall. In hot dry summers it will generally thin out, however its production of quality feed through spring and early summer give it an advantage over annual ryegrasses.
Annual clovers such as persian and/or balansa are excellent options to sow as companion species when sowing an Italian ryegrass.
- Late spring and summer growth
- Some growth in the second season
- Winter growth
- Better quality post spring
- Ability to contribute to the yield of the pasture sward in years 2 and 3
- Ideally suited to grazing
- Minimal health issues
- Suitable for oversowing into a perennial sward