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Array NEA2 Perennial Ryegrass

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Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) is the grass of choice for permanent pastures. It establishes rapidly, yields well, tolerates a range of management practices and has a high nutritive value.
Perennial Ryegrass
  • Highest feed availability in late-season perennial ryegrass pastures.
  • Dairy, beef cattle and sheep.
  • Grazing quality pastures through summer.
  • High quality silage production.
  • Standout new variety to replace Impact 2 and compliment Maxsyn.
  • A new benchmark for warm season perennial ryegrass performance.
  • 8% yield improvement over Matrix SE in 18 years’ worth of trial data. (six trials of three years each)

pH 4.8 – 8.0, min rain 700mm, most soil types

Array NEA2 diploid perennial ryegrass takes your high-performance pastures into summer and through the most testing part of the year for ryegrass pastures.

Array was selected from other leading candidate trial lines for all-year-round growth and particularly for late spring and summer yield and quality.

With Maxsyn providing outstanding overall yield and cool-season performance, Array will offer an opportunity to compliment grazing systems with flexibility for feed timing and the highest summer yield potential.

Where to use Array NEA2

  • Highest feed availability in late-season perennial ryegrass pastures.
  • Dairy, beef cattle and sheep.
  • Grazing quality pastures through summer.
  • High quality silage production.
  • Temperate higher rainfall zone (>700mm) or irrigation.
  • Standout new variety to replace Impact 2 and compliment Maxsyn.

Benefits of sowing Array NEA2

  • A new benchmark for warm season perennial ryegrass
    performance.
  • 8% yield improvement over Matrix SE in 18 years’ worth of trial data. (six trials of three years each)
  • Very late heading (+23 days): retains feed quality longer into spring and early summer.
  • Reduced spring peak for flexible management.
  • Better late spring quality and summer growth than earlier heading types.
  • Densely tillered and upright growth habit: high harvestability and legume compatibility.
  • NEA2 endophyte:
    • Excellent black beetle, Argentine stem weevil tolerance and good root aphid tolerance.
    • No concern for ryegrass staggers or reduced animal productivity.
    • Proven endophyte in Bealey, Impact 2, Kidman and Rohan perennial ryegrasses.

Management and Agronomy

Array perennial ryegrass is suited to temperate higher rainfall or irrigated locations with optimal growth between 10-30°C. Good paddock preparation will aid establishment. Use methods such as stale-seed bed, or a targeted herbicide program to reduce the weed-seed burden in the paddock, especially grass weeds. Application of slug bait may be an important consideration. Array is best sown with soil temperatures of at least 10-12°C in early-mid autumn or in early spring as  establishment below 8°C may be slower. Companion grasses should be sown at rates that compliment the performance of Array. Blended with tetraploid perennial ryegrass such as 4front NEA2, Array will offer a denser sward and improved resilience to tougher seasons. Combined with a diploid perennial ryegrass such as Maxsyn NEA4 to spread the seasonal growth a little earlier, or with Rohan NEA2 to offer increased tolerance to wet sites and close grazing, Array is a flexible inclusion for many pasture solutions. Clovers should be sown at robust rates that provide opportunity for satisfactory pasture composition. Grazing management that seeks to avoid selective grazing will enhance and retain good pasture composition.

Sowing rates:

  • Sole grass, drilled: 17.5-25 kg/ha
  • Over-sowing: 10-15 kg/ha
  • In grass mixes: 7.5-10 kg/ha

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