PGG Wrightson Seeds have released a fast-establishing annual rye-grass called Ascend to replace their popular Winter Star II variety.
Cameron Henley, PGG Wrightson Seeds, said Ascend offers “exceptional seedling vigour and improved early winter production”. He said the the decision to replace Winter Star II with Ascend was made following extensive trials across Australia.
“Winter Star II was a market leader for many years in late maturing annual rye-grasses and was always a popular choice for farmers, providing consistent quality winter feed,” Mr Henley said.
“Farmers were telling us that Winter Star II provided them with exactly the sort of grazing and forage opportunities they were after, but if we could improve it in one way they would like it to come to its first grazing a bit quicker.”
Based on this feedback, PGG Wrightson Seeds invested significantly in researching and developing a faster-establishing annual rye-grass.
Ascend also offers farmers improved rust tolerance and excellent dry matter production from autumn to late spring. It also has finer leaves and is more densely tillered to improve its grazing performance.
“Rust is strongly associated with poor quality pasture and any pastures which are free of rust are far more usable and palatable for animals than pasture that contain rust,” Mr Henley said.
“We have also seen farmers getting one or two earlier grazings using Ascend, compared to when they were using Winter Star II and with its denser tillering Ascend fills out quickly providing exceptional ground cover.
“Ascend is suited for farmers seeking to increase their home-grown winter pasture production from autumn into late spring — whether for grazing or cutting for silage or hay.
“Ascend is able to offer multiple forage options because it establishes early but matures late in the season. You can be grazing early through the year and then cut for silage or hay late in spring.”
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