Management of Temperate Grasses

Annual ryegrass is normally planted from March through May. The recommended seeding rate is 20-25 kg/ha in a well-prepared seedbed. The ideal sowing depth is 2cm. Broadcasting and no-till are two of the most popular planting methods. Once established, grazing a Ribeye pasture should commence at a four leaf stage. Rotational grazing will provide the best yield results, however, ryegrass will tolerate close and continuous grazing. Ryegrass responds to Nitrogen and is tolerant of moderate soil acidity.


In high rainfall areas, high production can be expected throughout the winter. Farther north, most of the production is from late February through May. To increase winter forage availability, annual ryegrass can be planted with a companion, such as a small grain crop or forage turnip.