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PASSEREL PLUS ANNUAL FORAGE RYEGRASS
Passerel Plus is a Cool season annual ryegrass from Pennington Seed. Passerel plus is commonly used to overseed warm seasoned pasture grasses such as bermuda grass.
Adaptation For Passerel Forage Rye Grass
Passerel Plus is productive in areas where annual ryegrasses are grown. Tolerates poorly drained
soils, but grows best on well drained soils with good water holding
capacity. Cold tolerant.
Uses Passerel Pasture RyeGrass
Use Passerel mainly as a fall, late winter and spring pasture for growing cattle, sheep and other livestock. Passerel can be cut for high quality hay. Can be sod-seeded into warm season perennial.
Passerel Ryegrass Benefits
Excellent fall & spring growth, germinates in 7 to 10 days and produces high quality forage for growing cattle; (over 2 lbs./day gains.) Out yields the leading ryegrass varieties in Southern Forage Yield Trials. Passerel delivers grazing after other ryegrasses are long gone. Tests prove it.
Passerel is a nutritional forage that contains 15% crude protein with 60% total digestible nutrients.
Planting and Maintaining Passerel Rye Grass For Pastures
- Planting Rate: 20 to 25 lbs if drilled
30 to 35 lbs if Broadcast
- Planting Date: Early September to mid October
- Grazing: Can be rotationally grazed heavily (leave 2 to 3 inches of residual) or continuously grazed moderately (leave about 6 inches of growth at all times).
Special Considerations & Passerel Plus Early Test Results
You may need to provide high magnesium minerals to livestock -- cattle, sheep -- during the growing or early grazing winter season to reduce the possibility of grass tetany or commonly called
grass staggers. Note this is not an exclusive problem to ryegrass but can be caused by other pasture crops as well. This usually occurs when placing cattle or sheep on rapidly growing
young pasture grass, wheat grass or small grains such as oats; as well as moving livestock from low nutrient or frosted winter pasture onto lush new pasture. There are many websites
In 1999 based on the average at 23 locations across the south, Passerel was the top producer of all the leading ryegrass varieties tested:
- Since 1988, Passerel has yielded first or near the top of forage trials at many Southeastern universities
- Highest two year average at two locations in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station performance trials in 1995-1997
- Second highest forage yield at the Gulf Coast Substation, Fairhope, Alabama in 1997
- Rated Mississippi State's highest yielding ryegrass variety at the Newton station in 1999 trials with 7,199 lbs/acre
- Mississippi State University rated Passerel as cold tolerant as any ryegrass on the market
- Number one in 1995-1996 University of Florida trials: yielded 9320 lbs./acre, while nearest competitor yielded only 8730 lbs./acre
- Highest total yield in Louisiana 1996-1997 trials at Macon Ridge Research Station
- Tested total digestive nutrients 75.9% with 26.1% crude protein at East Baton Rouge Parrish Extension Service trials 1995
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