Perennial Ryegrass Growth, Development and Seed Yield Influenced by Phosphorus Source Rate


Start Date: 2014

Principal Investigator: Nancy Ehlke

Organization: University of Minnesota, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics

Status: Completed

Background Information:

Perennial ryegrass is a relatively new grass seed crop in northwestern Minnesota, with projected harvested acres of more than 30,000 acres in 2014. Perennial ryegrass is raised on more acres than all the other grass seed crops combined. The primary objective of this research is to validate the current phosphorus recommendations for perennial ryegrass grown in the high-pH soils of northwestern Minnesota. The research also compares dry versus liquid sources of phosphorus fertilizer, and investigates the use of a double rate (60 pounds per hundredweight) of P.


According to typical agronomic practices, the rye was seeded under standing spring wheat.

Key Findings:

The perennial ryegrass seed will be harvested in August 2015, and it will be evaluated by grain cart weight, as well as by aerial yield maps. Data to be collected in 2015 include perennial ryegrass emergence and vigor ratings, crop color ratings, chlorophyll meter ratings and other important characteristics.

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