lolium multiflorum (italicum)
Welsh rye grass is a fast-growing, medium high top grass and is one of the high performance field fodder plants. It can be used as pure seed, as catch crop or in pasture mixtures and has high demands on nutrition and water supply. As it lasts more than one year, up to six usages are possible under optimum conditions. For example, a last cut is made in spring in case of biogas crop sequences before maize is subsequently planted. Due to the fast growth of the Welsh ryegrass you can gain an advantage of 2.4 weeks on all agricultural soils comared to pasture land and achieve 2-3 usages more per year. Sowed soon after the main fruit harvest, another fodder cut can be taken in autumn.
Seed quantity: Diploid varieties approx. 40 kg/ha; tetraploid varieties approx. 45 kg/ha
Sowing time: As pure seed in late summer; as catch crop in grain in March and April
Sowing depth: 10 - 15 mm
Row distance: 12 - 15 cm
Fertilising: As main fruit in spring 80 – 100 kg N/ha for any other usage, 60 – 80 kg N/ha as stubble seed