Festulolium -- A forage diamond.
HALSEY, Ore., Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- With spring right around the corner, thoughts of planting should be on everyone's mind. The always present question is what to plant? Do you leave everything the same? If there was a lack of forage for your animals to graze on last fall, chances are you should renovate your pasture. You may be scratching your head what to do with your thinned alfalfa stand: establish a new field or stretch one more year with low yield? You may find yourself buying more hay than normal. With hay prices higher than ever, this is cutting into your bottom line - another sign you might need to renovate. Do you go with the species you've tried before or do you look to something new. There might be a better solution…Grasshance™ with Festulolium hybrid grass.
While festuloliums have been around for many years, the true potential had never been pursued in earnest. DLF has developed a substantial breeding program in hybrid festulolium that has produced a unique range of varieties. After initial hybridization, through subsequent selection on the hybrid progeny or back crossing the hybrid progeny to its parental lines, a wide range of varieties with varying characteristics and phenotypes is created. They are classified according to their degree of phenotypical similarity to the original parents, not to their genotype heritage. One can regard them as high yielding fescues with improved forage quality or as high yielding, more persistent ryegrasses.
Festulolium forage quality matches up with high quality alfalfa. Initial studies showed festulolium on equal footing with 20,30,40 alfalfa in Milk/ton.
There are a number of different festulolium varieties though. So how do you choose the right one and know their corresponding traits? DLF has made the process very simple and visual. The Festulolium Diamond™ (shown below) shows the relationship between the genetic makeup and the morphological expression of the various festulolium varieties. More blue means more ryegrass genetics and thus more ryegrass characteristics. Within the blue section there is transgression from Italian ryegrass to perennial ryegrass. The less blue, the more genetic background from either fescue parent and associated morphological expression.
The new festuloliums are ideal for interseeding alfalfa or overseeding grass stands that have suffered from last year's drought. Fast establishment and high yield will offer immediate forage production and the persistency will ensure several years of extended production from your fields.
This spring don't settle for less. If you are going to plant, plant with purpose. The right festulolium could be your best bet.
DLF is the world leader in forage grasses, delivering increased value for our customers for over 100 years.
Roeland Kapsenberg DLF International Seeds, 800-445-2251, firstname.lastname@example.org
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