Sow as early as possible in autumn to maximise winter production
Nourish® is a fast establishing tetraploid Italian ryegrass ideally suited to warmer northern environments. It offers excellent winter and early spring production as well as high quality hay and silage. Nourish can persist into the second year when conditions are favourable.
Nourish tetraploid Italian ryegrass pasture seed should be sown between 15-40kg/ha using Ultrastrike® seed treatment. Nourish pasture seed can be sown early in the northern regions, sowing early allows you to maximise winter feed in the first year.
Test the plants for anchoring approximately 40-45 days after sowing as a light grazing as early as possible will aid tillering and further root development. This will result in increasing overall productivity and the plants ability to withstand stress periods such as dry periods during the warmer months of the year.
For pasture seed sowing rates specific to your farming needs, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds Sales Agronomist here
Nourish tetraploid Italian ryegrass is best suited to rotational grazing as this allows the plant to recover as quickly as possible. Nourish should be sown as soon as there is adequate moisture which will maximise the winter production of the product.
A light grazing as soon as the plants can withstand pulling will encourage tillering as well as growth of other species such as clovers if they have been sown with Nourish. To get the most out of Nourish, graze as soon as the plants have reached the third leaf growth stage to ensure that the best quality is achieved.
Ensure you test the plants before allowing stock to graze the paddock otherwise this may cause significant damage to the newly sown pasture. Apply nitrogen ideally before first grazing to encoruage tillering, to maximise dry matter production apply nitrogen regularly.
Minimum 500mm rainfall per annum unless irrigated