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Italian Ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam.) (annual ryegrass)


  • Yield based on 2 harvests/season
  • Seeds/pound: 227,000
  • Seeding rate: 15-20 lbs pure live seed/acre
  • Seeding date: early spring
  • May survive winter in mixture with alfalfa if consistent snow cover
  • Green manure or short-term cover crop


  • very good quality possible
  • easy to establish, rapid growth rate


  • not a perennial crop in NYS, will not persist
  • poor drought and heat tolerance
  • not well suited to poorly-drained soils

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