High feed value
Duo Festulolium is like ryegrass, but better! It combines the quick establishment, high feed value, production, and palatability of perennial tetraploid ryegrass with the extra persistence and summer productivity of meadow fescue. Duo has a high sugar content that is easily digestible, allowing animals to gain a high-energy ratio for milk/meat conversion.
Duo’s meadow fescue parentage provides improved persistence without quality loss. As a true perennial, Duo is genetically designed for multiple years of production. Initial trial results show Duo outperforming many other species in yield trials. Meadow fescue parentage minimizes “summer slump,” while ryegrass parentage maximizes spring and fall growth.
Duo is preferred over many other species because its long, tender leaves are “sweet” like ryegrass. Duo provides high yields for many years. Dairy farmers should expect milk production results similar to tetraploid ryegrass.
Duo is recommended for hay, grazing, silage or green chop (direct feeding). When mixed with alfalfa or clovers, Duo provides a long lasting grass companion that will enhance the quality of the cow’s diet. When seeded alone or with other grasses, Duo provides excellent season long forage.
Seeding Rates/Management Tips:
Plant Duo at 25-30 lbs per acre or 15-20 lbs mixed with other grasses and legumes. If seeding Duo with alfalfa in a new seeding (where alfalfa is predominant) plant no more than 3 lbs per acre. Plant at 1/4” deep. Duo can also be frost seeded. Duo reacts well to nitrogen, like its ryegrass parentage. Before planting your pasture, test your soil to add lime and fertilizer as needed. Typically 150 lbs of N. per year is adequate. Apply 1/3 in the spring and then evenly after each harvest.
If grazing, graze Duo down to about 3-4” after the plant reaches 10-12” in height. This will provide the maximum forage quality and leaf-to-stem ratio. When cutting for hay, leave 3-4 inches to allow the Duo plants to tiller out. Tillering out is the plant's natural survival mechanism and allows the plants to be more persistent. As with any forage, management practices dictate the quality of the forage nearly as much as the genetics of the product. With proper management, Duo should provide high yielding, high quality forage resulting in maximum profitability for farmers.
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