Tabu+ is a diploid Italian ryegrass known for its strong performance, especially how quick it is to establish, and its ability to grow during the cooler winter months. Highly palatable to stock, it’s often said to be as unbeatable as Italian ryegrass. Tabu+ can be grown as a specialist 8 – 12 month performance crop, or it is a good option for under-sowing runout pasture, providing extra winter feed. Tabu+ has a relatively short growth cycle, so we would recommend alternative options such as Shogun if requiring a longer 2 – 3 year permanent pasture.
These cultivars are characterised by their fast establishment and ability to produce high DM yields over winter and early spring. Under good conditions, they establish quickly and are typically ready for grazing about 4 – 6 weeks following sowing. Annual species are less persistent and are normally autumn sown as a 6 – 8 month winter/spring feed. In areas where summers are mild with adequate moisture levels and low pest pressures, they can persist for 1 – 2 years. Typically, Italian ryegrasses last 12 – 18 months in drier areas, and 3 years or more in milder summer conditions. Italian ryegrasses keep growing into summer. Over a 12-month period they produce 15 t DM/ha. Yields will vary widely depending on conditions and if irrigated, or yields can vary between 20t DM/ha under optimal conditions to as low as 10 t DM/ha. We have a selection of short and long-rotation Italian ryegrass cultivars, including high-sugar performers that are suitable to plant between-season cereal crops or as a bulk feed crop