Know the Source to Avoid Annual Ryegrass Issues

With supplies low, some companies are stretching annual ryegrass seed by mixing multiple varieties, possibly causing emergence and control problems for no-tillers.

No-Tillers seeding annual ryegrass in their rotation should take extra care to identify the source and variety of the seed they’re purchasing or they could run into some unanticipated problems.

In the last couple of years, reports have surfaced about bags of seed being sold to farmers that contain several different varieties of ryegrass with varying genetics and maturities, says Creal Springs, Ill., conservation ag consultant Mike Plumer.

Supply And Demand. Part of the problem…

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John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein is senior editor of No-Till Farmer magazine and the e-newsletter Dryland No-TillerHe previously covered agriculture for the Tulsa World and worked for daily newspapers in Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Joseph, Mich. He graduated with a B.A. in journalism and political science from Central Michigan University.

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