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Annual Ryegrass for Winter Hardy Cover Crop and Overseeding Pasture

(Lolium multiflorum)

Annual ryegrass is rapidly growing in popularity for use as a cover crop in the Midwestern states. It has long been favored as a winter-active companion crop in the Southern U.S., and for seeding into dormant warm-season forages. Lonestar, an improved diploid annual ryegrass variety, was bred for excellent cold tolerance, high level of disease resistance, seedling vigor and rapid forage growth.

Planting Instructions:

In Mixes
Seeding Rate:
10-15 lbs/acre drilled
25-30 lbs/ acre
5-10 lbs/acre drilled 15-20 lbs/ acre broadcast
Planting Depth:
1/4-1/2 inch
Ideal Soil:
Grows best in soil with a pH range of 6.0-7.0 and can tolerate poorly drained soils.