Swiss Federal Research Station for Agroecology and Agriculture, Zurich-Reckenholz

New recommmanded varieties of tall fescue and meadow foxtail

Between 2000 and 2002 the Swiss Federal Research Stations for Agroecology and Agriculture (FAL) at Reckenholz in Zurich and for Plant Productions of Changins (RAC) conducted comparative trials with 22 varieties of tall fescue and four varieties of meadow foxtail at five experimental sites. Based on measurements and observations of yield, persistence, competitive ability, disease resistance and digestibility of organic matter (DOM) and, additionally in tall fescue, fineness of leaves an index-value was calculated allowing for an accurate comparison of the varieties. The following varieties of tall fescue have been newly accepted in the Swiss «List of recommended varieties of forage plants»: Belfine, Molva, Barolex and Dulcia. In meadow foxtail, the new selection G 9438 has been added to the list of recommended varieties.

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