Italian Ryegrass
Lolium multiflorum Lam.
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Image Cultivar Type Production period Morphological description Crop strengths Feeding value Production potential Crop uses Soil requirement Establishment
Agri Hilton Temperate, Grass, Diploid Winter, spring & early summer

Erect to prostrate form

Up to 90 cm tall

Leaves shiny with smooth edges; upper surface prominently rigged; lower surface glossy, smooth and hairless with a prominent midrib; 4 – 10 mm x 6 – 15 cm; young leaves rolled

Seeds brown; lanceolate; 2.6 – 7 mm x 0.7 – 1.7 mm; 250 000 (n4) – 500 000 (n2) seeds/kg

Fast establishment

Good production

Valuable low input crop

High feeding value

Crude protein: 19 – 28 %

Digestibility: 55 - 70 %

Dry matter production: 7 - 18 t/ha/annum Pasture, hay & silage

Prefers deep fertile soil; high soil moisture holding capacity

pH range of > 5.0

Plant during March – May; September – October

Broadcast at 20 – 25 kg dryland and 25 – 30 kg/ha irrigated


Enhancer Temperate, Grass, Diploid, Italian type Winter, spring & summer

Erect to prostrate form, up to 30 - 90cm tall

Leaves shiny with smooth edges; upper surface prominently rigged; lower surface glossy, smooth and hairless with a prominent midrib;4 – 10 mm x 10 – 20 cm; young leaves rolled

Seeds brown; lanceolate; 2.6 – 7 mm x 0.7 – 1.7 mm; 250 000 (n4) – 500 000 (n2) seeds/kg

High production forage; high quality; high digestibility

Good choice whenever summer forage production is critical

If planted in spring; production can be prolonged for 18 months

Ability to produce new daughter tillers after flowering

Crude protein: 19 – 28 %

Digestibility: 55 – 70 %

Dry matter production: 7 - 18 t/ha/annum Pasture, hay & silage

Prefers deep fertile soil; high soil moisture holding capacity

pH range of > 5.0

Plant during March – May; September – October

Broadcast at 20 – 25 kg dryland and 25 – 30 kg/ha irrigated