Eight varieties of ryegrass, and one red and one white clover, have been added to the 2019/2020 Recommended Grass and Clover Lists.
Only grasses and clovers that have undergone at least four years of independent testing are included in the lists. Varieties are rigorously tested for factors such as total and seasonal yield, feed quality, disease, and persistence before making the list.
“The lists are an invaluable resource for producers, allowing them to select varieties that will perform well in a particular system,” says AHDB's Siwan Howatson.
“When thinking about reseeding, the list should be used to check that the varieties being selected are on the lists and are the best available. This will help producers to make informed decisions, alongside their seed merchants, about which ones best meet their needs.”
In addition to providing information on the varieties, the list also includes a range of technical information for producers on how they can manage their reseeds and maximise the productivity of their grassland.
The 2019/2020 list handbook and the full lists for merchants is now available to download from ahdb.org.uk and britishgrassland.com/rgcl. The on-line interactive version for perennial ryegrasses has been updated and will be available at ahdb.org.uk/tools.
Hard copies of the handbook will be available from the AHDB stand at the Royal Welsh Grassland event on June 6, 2019.