New Highly Productive Grass Mixture Available for Silage
A new grass mixture designed for silage production is available from the forage grass team at Barenbrug this spring. Hybrid 4x4 is a highly productive hybrid ryegrass cutting ley, ideally suited to three or four year rotation.
Capable of producing yields that are up to 10% higher than traditional perennial ryegrass mixtures, Hybrid 4x4 is made from a blend of Barsilo (a diploid ryegrass) and three tetraploid ryegrass varieties – Kirial, Aston Crusader and Novial. These deep rooting grass varieties make efficient use of soil nutrients, creating the ultimate medium-term silage mixture.
Hybrid 4x4 is capable of growing at temperatures as low as 5°C, giving farmers a long growing season and enabling them to produce silage throughout the year. With a tight heading date range and excellent disease resistance, Hybrid 4x4 can deliver up to four cuts per annum with a first cut possible in early May. The product has a potential yield of up to 16t DM/ha in the first year and offers multiple exits and entries for slurry / digestate application.
Commenting on the launch of Hybrid 4x4, Mhairi
Dawson, Research and Development
Manager for Forage at Barenbrug
“Hybrid 4x4 is quick to establish and flexible enough to use throughout the growing season. With the ability to grow at just 5°C, it is the ideal product for farmers looking to deliver exceptional shoulder growth in spring and autumn. Offering multiple exits and entries it can also enable farmers to make better use of home produced nutrients – helping them save time and money.”
Hybrid 4x4 does not contain clover – meaning it is inexpensive to clean up a sward after use. The product has a suggested sowing rate of 14kg/acre - approx. 942 seeds per metre2 – and is sold in packs that reflect this recommendation.