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Italian Ryegrass
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Farm-Al    Posted 02-24-2002 at 07:51:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Any one on this board ever plant Italian ryegrass for pasture,I've heard it makes good forage but wondering if it is winter hardy in central Iowa,would like your input,thanks, Al


Hogman    Posted 02-24-2002 at 14:45:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Without looking it up and off tha top of my noggin I'd kinda doubt it. There are several forage type Ryes but I don't recall Italian being listed. Rye is a cool weather plant so might work ok up there. Be that as it may any Rye is a high input crop so You'd need to sharpen Your pencil.
PCC has tha best answer,check with extension forage man or try tha farm service folks. Thats what We pay tax for so use'em.

Last fall I planted a test plot of Forage master rye. So far it has returned about 10 cents on tha doller. Has done a fine job of feeding Govt'goat and turkeys plus now tha blasted geese have found it. Wildlife 90,cows10,lousy score fer tha home team.


PCC-AL    Posted 02-24-2002 at 09:26:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Al,
For many years when we raised cattle and horses, we planted winter ryegrass here in Alabama. I don't know what variety, Italian or what. It was just ryegrass so far as I knew.
Anyway, our weather is much different from yours. I suggest you check with your State or County Agricultural Extention Service. Good luck.


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