Two new cultivars of Italian ryegrass have been released frequently: Lipurus and Vicugna. These tetraploid cultivars originate from the same breeding stock as the well-known varieties Lipo and Ellire. They are distinguished by an improved resistance against important diseases whilst maintaining the high yield level of Ellire. Mainly resistance against bacterial wilt <br>( Xanthomonas campestris pv. graminis) has been improved by selection after artificial infection. The seasonal distribution of yield differs from Ellire by a greater yield of the first cut in spring and a slightly inferior productivity in summer.
Birdsfoot trefoil and sainfoin are used in mixtures for perennial hay meadows and for tannin-containing fodder. Agroscope is adding two new cultivars of birdsfoot trefoil to the ‘List of Recommended Varieties of Forage Plants’, whilst there is no change in the case of sainfoin.
Tall oat grass and golden oat grass are typical hay-meadow grasses that are also suitable for forage mixtures. Of the four tall and three golden oat grass varieties tested, only one new variety of tall oat grass is likely to make it onto the List of Recommended Varieties.
Stevenel P., Wendling M., Brabant C., Suss H., Savoyat C., Dierauer H., Mascher F., Charles R.
FiBL and Agroscope investigated bread wheat varieties to determine their yield and quality stability. The results show that the choice of variety must be adapted to the site and that high yield potential does not go hand-in-hand with a high protein content.