Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station ART, Reckenholzstrasse 191, CH-8046 Zürich

Perennial Ryegrass. 61 Varieties Tested

From 2003 to 2005 Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon (ART) and Changins-Wädenswil (ACW) had been testing 61 varieties of perennial ryegrass at eight experimental sites. Data on yield, juvenile development, persistence, disease resistance, winter hardiness, competitive ability and adaptation to higher altitudes were obtained. With the data an index value was calculated, allowing for a general evaluation of the varieties. Corresponding to the results the variety LP 0097 of the early to mid-early flowering group will be added to the «List of Recommended Varieties of Forage Plants». With the mid-late to late group this is the case for the varieties Aber Dart, Barnauta and Pomposo. Several tested varieties attained an index value that would allow for recommendation, but, for the time being, they cannot be added to the list because they are not eligible for trade in Switzerland yet.

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