Magnum Ryegrass

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Magnum Ryegrass

Postby Flbeef » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:25 pm

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Has anyone used Magnum Ryegrass? Good Bad any thoughts on this grass. Thank you
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Re: Magnum Ryegrass

Postby wbvs58 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:22 am

I know nothing of Magnum but I drilled a tetraploid annual rye, Tetila, into my paddocks last autumn and it did very well. The feed grew throughout winter, it wilted with the dry conditions in August/ September but has recovered totally with rain over the last couple of weeks and is providing good feed until the summer species get going next month. I am going to do a lot more of it next year. I also put in 8 acres of a late maturing diploid annual rye that I was able to irrigate and it did well also, I have grazed it 4 times already and will bale it shortly then keep on grazing it It is finer leaf than the Tetila but has lots of tillers giving a lot of feed low down.

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Re: Magnum Ryegrass

Postby Flbeef » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:15 am

Thanks we have had success with the TARG In the past just had never used the Magnum variety. Robert
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Re: Magnum Ryegrass

Postby Texasmark » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:41 pm

I used one called Jumbo. May be the same thing.....Magnum...Jumbo. Works great. Holds up to weather in rolls sitting out better than common annual. Cows love it.
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Re: Magnum Ryegrass

Postby bird dog » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:15 pm

I have always had good luck with Gulf reseeding itself somewhat. Will these Tetraploid varieties do that also or is their seed sterile?

I put out some Jumbo this year due to the high price of Gulf if you can even find it. I mixed it with oats so we'll see how it goes.
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Re: Magnum Ryegrass

Postby Texasmark » Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:51 pm

bird dog wrote: .........I mixed it with oats so we'll see how it goes.


I mixed it with Austrian Field Peas.....we'll see how it goes. Did the peas last year with no fert. Plowed them in the spring and came right back with Gotcha Plus SS. Got two nice cuttings before the Sugar Cane Aphids hit me again. No Fert other than peas.

Peas are the same $ as the other seeds, except Teff. Ordered from local farm store. Good folks. Can get you most anything you want. Planted 50# to the acre for a thick stand. Last year it was an iffy stand and with the results I got I am hoping the peas will do the winter rye and the summer crop.

Thinking about Milo for the summer hay crop. Lots of big, long leaves and short stems which will yield to a crimper when cut before the boot and maturity. Looking for a thick, shorter producer. Seems I can work shorter crops and get them dried and baled better than long ones....just get tangled up in themselves.

I just finished baling a neighbor's Milo stubble which came back strong in the drought we had this summer and early fall. It already had the 3rd set of shoots coming on strong before I could get off the field. No SC Aphids on that field and half a mile from my place and much larger area. Maybe I can get 2 or 3 cuttings.....would be nice for a change. If it works, I'll add some NPK to the mix next year and maybe leave be on the rye .
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Re: Magnum Ryegrass

Postby bird dog » Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:07 pm

Is there such thing as a Milo geared to forage?
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Re: Magnum Ryegrass

Postby Texasmark » Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:30 am

I don't know. Neighbor had a sorry Milo crop and had it baled back in the summer. As with sorghums and probably other crops, stubble came back with 4-5 new shoots per stubble stick making for small stemmed plants to start with. I let it get up about 18-24 inches and whacked it. Ran the IH 404 over it to crush the stems since I now use a drum mower. Baled it and have some really nice hay with soft, short fat stems and lots of leaf.

I figure to drill it at 50#/ac which is what I do with SS and should reduce the size of the stems if it responds to crowding as SS crops do and being a Sorghum why shouldn't it! Then watch the growth and somewhere in there before I see the boot bulge whack it. Being a dry ground crop it will come back with the same 4-5 new chutes per stalk (surely) and that second cutting should be better than the first.

Worth a try. Like most folks (I guess) no two years are the same for me. If I'm not trying something different, the weather is hitting me with something different. Guess that's part of what keeps me interested in farming.

One thing that did impress me was the Sugar Cane Aphid problem that first occurred here in 2014. This year it hit my SS crop but didn't hit the neighbors Milo crop, nor the regrowth which occurred later on in the summer which is when SCAs are at their worst. Both are sorghums. That in itself is a reason to go with Milo.
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Re: Magnum Ryegrass

Postby callmefence » Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:06 am

The aphids with definitely get in Milo.
Though they do seem to prefer SS.
I do believe we need to start spraying them. They problem is they live mostly down in the whorl of the plant. When the grass is 4 foot tall you can't get spray to them without specialized equipment. Maybe spray the crop young with something with a long residual idk. . But if we keep just working around them their not going to just leave... maybe a really hard winter

I definitely believe the gulf ryegrass is better at reseeding than the triploid types. It seems like you get some volunteer out of the triploid, but it will be very week and pitiful.

My two cents. If you're planting a hay crop the triploid will shine. But for simply overseeding permanent pasture I prefer the gulf. I get more and more volunteer every year.
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Re: Magnum Ryegrass

Postby 1982vett » Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:08 am

bird dog wrote:Is there such thing as a Milo geared to forage?

Yeah.....called haygrazer. :mrgreen:
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