Phalaris aquatica is a semi erect, winter active variety, which forms thick dense tufts of wide blue/green leaves that are very palatable to sheep and cattle. It has a low level of summer dormancy so it can respond and take advantage of any summer rainfall should it occur. Phalaris has excellent seedling vigour, which makes it a variety to establish quickly and easily. This is very important for easier management
An advantage of Phalaris is its ability to grow in acidic conditions and will extend the range of pasture species to help combat soil degradation. Many farmers allow annual grasses to grow instead of establishing a perennial pasture based on Phalaris. Apart from being less productive, annual grasses play a major role in the acidification cycle of soils. Nitrogen produced by pasture legumes usually grown with these grasses leaches down through the soil profile taking nutrients with it and leaving acidic elements behind. The deep rooted nature of Phalaris draws these nutrients back up to the top of the soil where they can be used and either prevent or slow down the onset of acidification. Another major benefit from the plants deep roots system is that it makes Phalaris very persistent under drought conditions.
NEW* ADVANCED AT
Advanced AT (Phalaris aquatica) is a semi erect, winter active variety which forms thick, dense tufts of wide blue/green leaves that are very palatable to sheep and cattle. It has a low level of summer dormancy so it can respond and take advantage of any summer rainfall should it occur. Advanced AT is morphologically similar to the winter active cultivar Holdfast, but was selected for its superior performance in shallow, strongly acidic and infertile soils which have layers in the top 50cm of pH<4.2 measured in CaCl2.
Nutrient solution studies have shown that Advanced AT is the most AI-tolerant of all the Australian bred phalaris cultivars. Field studies show a particular advantage in establishment on strongly acid soils in years with a dry spring. Advanced AT strong seedling vigour makes it a variety that is easy to establish quickly. This is very important for stand management should there be a high level of weed competition. Once established, Advanced AT will be able to handle periods of waterlogging. The biggest advantage of Advanced AT’s is its ability to grow in more highly acidic conditions and lower quality soil compared to other phalaris varieties currently available. Advanced AT will extend the range of pasture species available, to help combat soil degradation.
- Winter active phalaris with superior establishment and root penetration on acid soils, especially in tougher seasons
- Will tolerate pH as low as CaCl2 3.9 and Al of 20- 50%, providing better production and persistence on these soils than other Phalaris varieties, Cocksfoots and Perennial Ryegrass
- Higher 2nd year Dry Matter yield than Holdfast on acid soils
- Suited to rotational grazing and improved fertility,
Holdfast GT (Phalaris aquatica) is a semi erect, winter active variety which forms thick, dense tufts of wide blue/green leaves that are very palatable to sheep and cattle. It has a low level of summer dormancy, so it can respond and take advantage of any summer rainfall should it occur.
Holdfast GT key features:
- Grazing tolerant winter active phalaris
- Holdfast GT exhibits excellent seedling vigour to aid successful establishment
- Selected for long term persistence under grazing (both set stocking and rotational grazing)
- Increased productivity over the life of the stand
- Lower levels of stagger causing alkaloids
- Its ability to grow in acidic conditions increases it’s area of adaptation