Drummer is an early to mid flowering tetraploid annual ryegrass with high seedling vigour for quick establishment. Drummer rebounds quickly from winter grazing and had heavy early spring bulk up, ideal for quality silage and hay. Drummer is suited to all stocking and grazing options and adaptable to all Australian soil types.
- Name: Drummer
- Category: Annual Ryegrass
- Rainfall: 500mm+(Sth) 650mm+(Nth)
- pH: 4.8-8
- Maturity: Mid
- Soil Type: Most soil types
- Sowing Rate: 25-30 kg/ha (Pure) 15-20 kg/ha (Mixes)
- Early flowering, erect tetraploid type
- Very good seedling vigour and rapid early growth
- nil endophyte
- Excellent winter growth with high palatability
- Large dark green leaves with good rust resistance
- Rotational grazing will maximise dry matter production
- Ideal for silage or hay production
- Variety Management/Agronomy:
Establishment: It is recommended to sow in autumn or spring into a moist, fine seed bed free of broadleaf weeds and other grasses and at a depth of 1-2cm. Can also be direct drill into bare ground or over sown into excising run–down pasture using the correct sowing equipment.
Fertilizer: Establishment - depending on soil fertility apply 10-15kg/ha of nitrogen and a good amount of phosphorus.Maintenance -Top dressing with 40 -50kg/ha of Nitrogen after each grazing or cut. Correct trace element deficiencies as required based on soil and plant tissue tests.
Grazing: For new sown pastures avoid grazing while plants may be pulled out or paddock is susceptible to pugging. Once establish, rotational graze with grazing intervals of 21 -30 days between grazing, depending on climatic conditions.
Weed Control: Appropriate weed control strategies should be used. For best results select a paddock that has just been in crop with a finely worked seedbed. Spray graze techniques using MCPA and Trifolamine, provide opportunities for good broadleaf weed control. Also selective herbicides for both broadleaf are available and useful for more effective weed control. Consult your local agronomist for more information and recommendations