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9ANNF2 Feast II Italian Ryegrass

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9ANNF2

Grazing Grass | Quick Growing | 1-3 Year Life | 50 lb. Bag

Feast II is a late-maturing tetraploid ryegrass bred primarily for grazing. Feast II is short-lived (1+ crop years), but extremely productive. It is a profuse tillering, quick-growing variety with very little re-heading, making it an ideal nurse crop for alfalfa production. Feast II is less sensitive to drought and heat than many ryegrass varieties. Farmers should see very impressive milk and meat gains feeding Feast II. Tetraploids (Like Feast II) have four sets of chromosomes, resulting in wider leaves and larger cells. These large tetraploid cells compared to small diploid cells (two sets of chromosomes) have a higher ratio of cell contents versus cell walls (fiber). As such, farmers should see very impressive milk and meat gains. 

 

NOTABLE CHARACTERISTICS:

• Profuse tillering • Very low aftermath heading
• Vigorous growth • Very high sugar content
• Excellent palatabilty/digestibility • High energy/Feed quality
• Wider, more succulent leaves than diploid annual ryegrass

 

                       APPLICATIONS

   Tetraploid ryegrasses like Feast II can be a very valuable tool for farms. It can be grazed by beef, dairy, and other productive livestock. It can be used for set stocking, intensive grazing, green chop, haylage, or dry hay. Feast II establishes efficiently--making it ideal for pasture renovations and minor field repairs. It also works well with alfalfa as a companion crop or a final 1-2 year transition crop. Additional uses:

Spring Crop for Northern Farmers: plant with Pasja Hybrid Brassica for outstanding production. Feast II typically does not produce stems until over-wintered. 

Douple Crop: Feast II can be planted after summer annuals for excellent fall and spring growth. 

Break Crop: Feast II can be used as a break crop when converting older pastures to a different species or variety. An annual crop gives a bigger window to eliminate the old undesirable forage through the use of herbicides, tillage, and the competition. 

Aging Alfalfa Stand: Use Feast II to extend stand longetivity. 

 

SEEDING RATES/METHOD OF SOWING

New Fields/Pastures: 40-45 lbs./Acre (Tetraploid seed is larger than diploid seeds--requiring a higher seeding rate)
Planting into Existing Pastures: 20-30 lbs./Acre
Planting into Alfalfa Hay Fields: 3-5 lbs./Acre

 

Use a Brillion seeder, a no-till drill, or broadcast following by a culti-packer. Seed to soil contact is vital to having a successful stand: plant 1/4" deep. Feast II can also be frost seeded. 

 

FERTILITY

Feast II is a high-energy grass. Protein content is highly influenced by nitrogen fertility: FOLLOW SOIL TEST RECOMMENDATIONS. If grazing Feast II, the general rule is apply nitrogen fertilizer at 50 lbs./Acre at planting time and after each grazing. Feast II is a luxury consumer of nitrogen and can utilize as much as 400 lbs./Acre in intensive harvest situations. Fertilize in multiple, smaller incriments. Fertilize according to local recommendations for the yield desired. Feast II can also be fertilized with manure. Feast II pairs well with legumes: legumes are an excellent source for nitrogen for grasses. Clovers are an excellent choice for mixing with Feast II to improve production. 

 

GRAZING & HARESTING TIPS

Fest II establishes rapidly, but plants should be firmly rooted prior to first grazing. Feast II is highly palatable, so avoid over-grazing. Graze at approximately 10-12 inches and cease grazing when down to 3-4 inches. When using Feast II to graze, reduce grain levels and consider adding more fiber to the rotation. For harvesting, disc mowers and drum mowers are highly preferred. For best results, harvest the first cutting at boot stage.

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