Annual or Italian ryegrasses are a popular and highly reliable autumn, winter and spring forage.
Annual ryegrass is popular in areas with winter dominant rainfall and dry, hot summers. Often used for winter feed and/or as a silage and/or hay crop, particularly where there is no expectation or requirement of summer growth. Annual ryegrass exhibits the greatest winter growth potential of all the ryegrass types.
Italian ryegrasses are highly productive in areas where late spring rainfall is reliable, or where summers are mild. They are very useful for oversowing into run-down pastures as a boost for a year or two. Italian ryegrass can persist for 2-3 years in summer-mild areas under irrigation or reliable summer rainfall.