Our cultivars Arvella (diploid), Salamandra and Alligator (both tetraploid) enhance the assortment of Swiss cultivars of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) available for forage production. Arvella is nearly as early heading as Arion and it’s resistance to crown rust is markedly improved compared to that standard cultivar. Therefore, Arvella can replace Arion in the grass-white clover mixtures bearing the suffix «AR», specifically created for this type of cultivar. Salamandra has a high yield potential, excellent resistance properties and above all a superior digestibility. Salamandra heads slightly earlier than Lacerta, a well introduced cultivar, and is particularly recommended for an intensive, quality oriented forage production. With Alligator, for the first time, a Swiss cultivar of intermediate to late heading perennial ryegrass becomes available. Alligator is distinguished by a strong snow mould resistance and grows well at high altitudes.
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.
Adapted and high-yielding varieties of forage plants are important for Switzerland as a grassland country. Hybrid ryegrass is a versatile forage grass that, thanks to breeding advances, has become even more persistent, disease-resistant and high-yielding over the past 30 years.