• Philip

Grass seed variety choice

Some arable farmers pay great attention to the cereal variety they plant. So does it matter what variety of grass seed you plant and if so why?

Yield is king; quality boosts profit or reduces the risk of loss or having deductions associated with the end product.

There is the AHDB Recommended list for Cereals and there is also one for grass but the latter seldom seems to figure in seed choice. Seed is expensive, always new, suffers untold losses and the resultant crop can be destined to remain in the field for up to 10 years.

The disease susceptibility of varieties is rated for grass just as it is for other crops. Crown Rust susceptibility across varieties starts at 1.0 then 2.6, 3.5, 4.3 and finishes at 8.5

On the cereals listing you find nothing less than a 3 across all scores for winter wheat or oil seed rape. Maybe disease is important in determining yield and quality in a grass crop as much as it is in wheat or oil seed rape.

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