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Hulk is a high yielding diploid Italian ryegrass developed for Australian conditions, with excellent establishment, winter and spring yields and good late season quality.
- Italian diploid ryegrass
- Developed in Australia
- Fast establishment with good winter - early spring yield
- Upright variety that continues to produce high quality, leafy feed through spring
- Upright growth habit increases harvestability when making silage or hay
- Provides significant spring feed for increasing fodder reserves
- Late maturity improves quality over annual ryegrass varieties
- Strong winter growth aids in reducing supplementary feed requirements
Agronomy and management
Hulk should be sown into a clean, weed-free seed-bed at approximately 5–20 mm with adequate starter fertiliser (eg. 60–100 kg/ha of MAP/DAP). Ensure first grazing is delayed until plants are properly anchored, and keep an eye on weeds and pests and treat as advised by your agronomist. For best results, graze under rotational grazing (at the 2.5–3 leaf stage).
Hulk combines excellent winter yields with strong spring growth giving more even feed supply throughout the growing season. Hulk responds well to early autumn rains where mild summers allow persistence into the second year.
Hulk has also displayed excellent feed quality in trials and is late flowering giving excellent late season quality. Hulk has an upright growth habit meaning it will continue to stand up as yield builds during spring, making fodder conservation easier.
The average yield advantage of Hulk over Tetila in the below trials was 13%. As Hulk may cost extra up front, it is tempting to think that the cheaper option will do. This decision could easily be costing you hundreds of dollars per hectare. Rather than looking at the cost of the seed, it is the potential return from the investment in seed that should drive your decision.
Plant Breeders Rights (PBR): This variety is registered under Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) in Australia. Unauthorised commercial propagation or any sale, conditioning, export, import or stocking of propagating material is an infringement under the Plant Breeders Rights Act (1994). Any breach of this legislation will leave the grower liable for prosecution.
Disclaimer: The information presented in this brochure is from official and other sources and is considered to be reliable. It is provided in good faith and every care has been taken to ensure its accuracy. Barenbrug does not accept any responsibility for the consequences that may arise from the acceptance of recommendations or the suggestions made.