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Annual Winter Pasture - Stooling/Spring Rye and Perennial Ryegrass


Stooling rye is a tufted annual grass species that can grow as tall as 1,5 m. Rye has an extensive, fibrous root system that may go as deep as 1,5 m. Stooling rye is a valuable fodder (for pasture, hay or silage) and a cover crop during winter. Of all the cereal crops, stooling rye is the tallest and the hardiest annual species. Stooling rye can be sown with other cereal forages, such as oats, wheat, or even with annual legumes. The best time to seed this species is February/March. Stooling rye forage is also profitable when sown with companion legumes, such as white and red clover or grazing vetch. The forage sustains the legume and the association makes full benefit of residual nitrogen (N) in the soil. Stooling rye forage can also be used to make silage and haylage. It is recommended to harvest rye no later than at early boot stage (before heading) in order to maintain good palatability, intake and nutritive value.


SOUTHERN BLUE was bred by the ARC - RFI at the Cedara Centre in Pietermaritzburg. It is a local cultivar. SOUTHERN BLUE offers quick feed and longevity where irrigation is not possible. SOUTHERN BLUE has been used to very good effect for over-sowing into Kikuyu in late Autumn and so is available as feed at an early stage.

Planting takes place from February onwards. SOUTHERN BLUE is adapted to our extreme temperatures and low rainfall. SOUTHERN BLUE can be established from early February in cooler areas until late Autumn.

This variety is protected by Plant Breeders Rights.

  • Offers quick feed and longevity

  • Planting from February onwards

  • Adapted to local, extreme climate conditions

  • Used to good affect with Kikuyu

  • Can be used as a stooling rye

  • Suitable for grazing

  • Early plantings are ready for grazing within 60 days

  • Seed rate: Dryland 40-50kg/ha, Irrigation 60-70kg/ha


LINDOR II is an outstanding, diploid perennial ryegrass for forage production. It produces a high quality and healthy pasture and differs from other varieties because of its persistence and permanence in pasture. LINDOR II has very adaptive qualities to environmental conditions including cold winters and dry summers. This variety has a remarkable rhythm of growth throughout its cycle and compared with its predecessor it is observed that it has higher yields in autumn and winter when forage supplies are at their lowest.

  • Great performance

  • Good persistance

  • Highley adaptive

  • Tolerates cold winters

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