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Bestfor Plus

Intermediate Tetraploid Ryegrass

Bestfor Plus offers high yields, excellent digestability and palatability.

High Yield

A specialty forage grass particularly useful in applications such as dairy and beef grazing operations, Bestfor Plus has out-yielded many well known varieties, even though it is a multi-year ryegrass. Additionally, in recent trials in Michigan and Kentucky, Bestfor Plus has shown its ability to be planted in the fall and out-produce many other varieties and species the first and second years. Forage quality data from Penn State shows very impressive NDF numbers. In Kentucky, Bestfor Plus had difficulty coming out of winter the first year, but still ended up with the highest tonnage for the year. The same is true for the second year.

Winter Annual Ryegrass (Total DM/A)

Fairhope, AL

CultivarTotal Yield
Bestfor Plus8,355
Rio8,153
Hercules7,671
Gulf7,320
LSD717
Seeded in the Fall, cut 5 times between Jan. and May.

University of Kentucky

Ryegrass Trial (Tons DM/A)

Lexington, KY

  Percent StandTotal Yield
CultivarSeedling Vigor3/15/0510/28/054/14/0610/17/06200520062-Yr
Bestfor Plus556363454.062.987.04*
Linn3.310099100963.82.656.44*
Amazon31009999983.822.366.19*
Bastion C-231009898883.362.355.70*
LSD0.40810.219.90.90.641.14
*Not significantly different from the highest numerical value in the column based on the LSD.
Seeded Sept 13th, 2004 (yield in tons/acre).

Michigan State Univ. Exp. Station

Ryegrass Trial (Tons DM/A)

East Lansing, MI

CultivarSpecies2006 Total2005 Total2004 Total3-Yr TotalWinter Injury
HarvesterOG4.444.167.4716.07*1
LidactaOG4.224.257.0315.50*1
RushmoreOG4.13.747.0714.91*1
CommandOG4.113.816.5114.43*1
Bestfor PlusIR3.552.288.2114.042
Jesup Max QTF3.93.595.6713.161
SpidolaPR3.262.816.5512.621.7
AlpineOG3.472.744.9211.133.9
MTV1PR3.152.836.5312.511
TetonTF3.253.515.7112.451
MatrixPR2.591.885.19.572.2
LSD--0.590.781.442.20.48
IR - Intermediate Rye, OG - Orchardgrass, PR - Perennial Ryegrass, TF - Tall Fescue
*Not significantly different from the highest numerical value in the column based on the LSD.
Fertilizer: 120 lbs N/a 46-0-0 at green up, 200 lbs N/a 34-0-0 after cut 1 and 2.
Seeded Aug 5th, 2003 on Conover loam, tile drained soil (yield in tons/acre).
Complete trial data available upon request.

Penn State University

Ryegrass Trial

Rock Springs, PA

  Tons DM/AQuality by NIR
CultivarDate CutCut -1 YieldProteinADFNDF
Voyager1-Jun1.7212.331.757.8
Bestfor Plus1-Jun2.111.733.458.8
AberEcho1-Jun2.1611.234.359.2
AberDart1-Jun1.0212.232.758.9
Bargala6-Jun1.6311.632.260.7
Sierra26-May1.7712.831.161.4
Grand Daddy1-Jun1.8511.231.761.5
AberAvon6-Jun1.41234.261.6
Tetrelite II6-Jun2.971134.862.7
AberCraigs13-Jun1.3610.934.164.5
Barsprinter6-Jun1.911.333.565
Remmington13-Jun2.1911.633.965.6

Winter Annual Ryegrass Trial (Total DM/A)

Beaumont, TX 1996-1997

CultivarTotal YieldPercent Crown Rust
Bestfor Plus5,4299%
Jumbo5,3988%
Rio5,2338%
Gulf5,0336%
Tam 904,65615%
LSD686--
Seeded in the Fall, cut 10 times between Nov. and May.

Digestibility

Bestfor Plus is a tetraploid, meaning it has larger leaves and is more upright and open in its growth, making it useful for both grazing and mechanical harvesting. It is also very high in sugar content and considered a "high energy" forage. Bestfor Plus's impressive digestibility levels encourage rapid weight gain on any livestock.

field of grass

Germination and Longevity

Bestfor Plus is a "Lolium Hybridum", meaning that it grows fast like an annual or Italian ryegrass, but lasts longer than one year. Typically Lolium Hybridums start thinning out rapidly after the third year.

Bestfor Plus Characteristics

Longevity2-3 years
Germination5-7 days
Endophyte LevelVery Low
Crude Protein 16-20%
FDN47-50%
FDA27-29%
TDN60-75%
Seeding Rate25-30 lbs/acre
Recommended pH level5-8

Fast Growth

Bestfor Plus establishes very quickly. If your experience is like ours, and independent researchers, you will find Bestfor Plus coming up after planting at an amazing rate. In the official university trials at Penn State in the fall of 2003, Bestfor Plus was literally two inches higher than all other entries after only two weeks of initial growth!

Rust Resistance and Winter Hardiness

Bestfor Plus was bred for improved rust resistance and increased winter hardiness* over other Lolium Hybridums.

*Although improvements have been made, Bestfor Plus should only be planted with the knowledge that it may be severely damaged if sufficient snow cover does not exist, especially in regions where open winters are a possibility.

Planting Information

Seeding Rate – new pastures30–50 lbs./ac
Seeding Rate – overseeding10–15 lbs./ac
Planting Datesearly spring and fall
Planting Zones (map)green
Planting Depth1/8–3/8"
Optimal pH Range6.0–6.5
Germination5–10 days
Perennial Forage planting map