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New varieties 2010 — Grasses

Published on 11 November 2009

Barenbrug USA BarOptima PLUS E34 is the next-generation forage tall fescue.

It is a high-energy and high-yielding variety, which is bred in association with the revolutionary beneficial endophyte E34.

Traditionally, forage grasses have been defined by two traits: yield and persistence. Barenbrug also places a strong emphasis on a third trait, forage quality. After all, forage quality has a direct effect on animal performance and ultimately on your profits. Barenbrug has a long tradition of developing high-quality forage products.

After many years of research, Barenbrug has incorporated all three of these traits (yield, persistence and forage quality) in one product, BarOptima PLUS E34. The technology that brings this all together is E34, a beneficial fungal endophyte that was discovered by the Barenbrug Worldwide Research Team.

It was inoculated into Barenbrug elite soft-leaf tall fescue germplasm, which was used to breed the variety BarOptima PLUS E34.

Green Spirit is the perfect blend of both diploid and tetraploid Italian ryegrasses. It works well as a rotation crop for fall planting. When planted in the spring, seed heads do not emerge during the first year. Green Spirit is a perfect high-quality emergency feed. Compared to small grains, Green Spirit offers higher yields of higher-quality forage for a lower seed cost.

Producer’s Choice
AC SALTLANDER Forage Grass Mix is intended for western growers with saline soils. The components of the mix are (50%) AC Saltlander, (25%) slender wheatgrass and (25%) tall fescue.

The primary component, AC Saltlander, demonstrates salt tolerance equal to tall wheatgrass, and performs better than intermediate wheatgrass and NewHy RS in performance. The AC Saltlander helps push forage production further into the tough saline spots while maximizing yield on the field’s most productive acres.

AC Saltlander is palatable with a low growth point, allowing for grazing or haying. Performance in beef grazing trials (A.D. Iwaasa, AG Canada) has shown weight gains greater than smooth brome grass with average daily gains (ADGs) of approximately 2.9 pounds on established pastures. The mix is also effective in controlling foxtail barley.  FG

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