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Shield

Turf-Type Perennial Ryegrass

A new elite turf-type perennial ryegrass bred for gorgeous turf with very high resistance to gray leaf spot, rust, and summer stress.

Survivability

Shield was specifically bred from germplasm known to have high survivability in hot, humid regions crossed with plants highly resistant to gray leaf spot, stem rust and other disease. Further screenings have produced a ryegrass you can plant with confidence. Great turf that will endure the elements and stand tuff against disease.

Rutgers University

Gray Leaf Spot

Adelphi, NJ 2015

VarietyResistance
Highest Score8.7
Shield8.0
Overdrive 5G8.0
Amazing A+7.0
Green Supreme7.0
Rutkus6.7
Haven6.3
Revenge GLX4.7
Monterey 42.3
Replay2.3
Sunrise2.3
Goalkeeper II2.0
Palmer III2.0
Lsd1.6

Quality Turf

Shield is ideal for use on home lawns, high traffic areas, athletic fields, fairways, and other locations where attractive, disease resistant perennial ryegrass is desired.  Shield can easily be combined with elite bluegrasses, fine and tall fescues.

Rutgers University

Turf Quality

Adelphi, NJ 2015

VarietyQuality
Highest Score6.9
Shield6.7
Overdrive 5G6.4
Amazing A+5.8
Rutkus5.6
Green Supreme5.5
Revenge GLX4.7
Haven4.5
Monterey 43.6
Replay2.8
Sunrise3.4
Palmer III2.9
Goalkeeper II2.6
Lsd0.8
Sheild, a dark green, high quality turf ryegrass

National Trials

Shield is currently being evaluated throughout the country under the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP). The first year report shows good turf quality throughout the country, as well as good resistances to crown rust, pink snow mold, winter kill and drought.

NTEP

Performance Data

2016-2017

Categories where Shield is statistically equal to the highest rated entry Locations where Shield is statistically equal to the highest rated entry 
Crown Rust, NJXFresno, CAX
Pink Snow Mold, UTXStorrs, CTX
Winter Kill, MNXAmes, IAX
Drought, UTXLexington, KYX
Divot Recovery, KYXEast Lansing, MIX
Traffic, Blacksburg, VAXSt. Paul, MNX
Traffic, Corvallis, ORXMead, NEX
Seedling VigorXCorvallis, ORX
Ground Cover SpringXBlackburg, VAX
Ground Cover FallXMadison, WIX
EstablishmentXQuality Group 1X
  Quality Group 2X
  Quality Schedule BX
  Quality TransitionX
  Quality North CentralX

Planting Information

For ideal turf, plant Shield on fertile, neutral pH soils during the cooler seasons of the year, such as spring and fall. If needing to plant during other times, plan on additional overseeding.

 Seeding Rate – New Plantings (green) (lbs/1000 sq. ft.)Seeding Rate – Overseeding (blue) (lbs/1000 sq. ft.)
Home Lawns5–85–8
Athletic Fields9–1512–18
Greens25–35
Tees9–1512–18
Fairways225–350*300–425*
*rates in lbs/acre
map of perennial turfgrass planting area