Legion

Perennial Ryegrass

Legion Perennial Ryegrass

Enterprise Type

Heading Date

Mid-Late: +14

Sowing Rate

18-20 kg pure stand 15 kg/ha with legumes & herbs

Growing Season

Autumn,Spring,Winter

Pasture Life

Perennial

Ploidy

Diploid

Rainfall / Irrigation

750mm+

Legion is a fine leaved diploid perennial ryegrass with a +14-flowering date. Having strong autumn recovery, Legion could build significant yield after the autumn break leading into winter. Legion’s ability to grow well in all seasons along with its flowering date brings on a slightly earlier spring flush compared to late heading varieties, but its slow seeding phase and low aftermath heading makes it easy to manage back to a vegetative state in spring.

 

 

Key features:

  • Dense diploid perennial grass – Robust under grazing
  • AR37 endophyte – insect protection
  • Strong rust tolerance
  • Strong all year round yield – (assuming summer rainfall or irrigation)
  • Very low aftermath heading

 

Sowing rate:

18-20 kg/ha pure OR 15 kg/ha with legume or herbs

 

Ploidy:

Diploid

 

Heading date:

+14

 

Persistence:

4+ years

 

Best grazing practice:

Rotational

 

Legion AR37 is an ideal ryegrass for any high performance farm and will fit into diary platforms providing important feed in the late autumn/winter period. It will also fit peak lactation curves in spring calving systems. Legion’s tiller density also makes it robust enough to handle sheep and beef grazing and will suit these high-performance systems. Being a diploid perennial means its tiller density is going to be higher than tetraploid counterparts, making it more robust in winter conditions.

 

 

AR37 endophyte protection from pests



AR37 endophyte adds more strength to Legion as it gives it protection from adult black beetle, Argentine stem weevil, root aphid and pasture mealy bug. These pests can reduce yield and persistence. AR37 has also shown increased water use efficiency and increased
dry matter production compared to the same cultivar without AR37.

 

This is an exciting new perennial ryegrass and one we believe will have a great future on Australian farms.

Cattle on Legion perennial ryegrass and Ecotain environmental plantain

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