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Topics : Species and Forage Variety Trials : Species Fact Sheets : Ryegrass

Species: Ryegrass

Additional ryegrass information via the Forage Information System (FIS)

Ryegrass Summary

Ryegrasses have numerous desirable agronomic characteristics. They establish rapidly, have long growing seasons, are relatively high yielding in suitable environments, have high nutritive value, and can be used for grazing, hay, or silage. However, the lower persistence of perennial ryegrass relative to other cool-season grasses and the increased drying time of ryegrasses should be considered prior to their use. The use of ryegrass as a part of a forage production system should be carefully evaluated. Ryegrass does not fit into every farming operation but should be considered as a viable options on many Pennsylvania farms, especially those which include grazing as a harvesting method.