Italian ryegrass is one of the fastest growing grasses available to farmers. Italian ryegrass establishes well, has early spring growth, rapid regrowth after cutting, and offers good digestibility. Because Italian ryegrass thrives in all kinds of soils, it is used extensively for conservation purposes and often in mixtures with red clover. New varieties have good persistence, and can be used for 2-3 years in mild climates. A lot of Italian ryegrasses are used as rotation crops. Italian ryegrass is available in diploid and tetraploid varieties.
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