Italian Ryegrass

  • Widely tested and consistently delivers
  • Strong second year performance when benchmarked against competition




    Download a copy of the Tempo Italian Ryegrass factsheet. 


    Tempo is the newest diploid Italian ryegrass available from Heritage Seeds. Tempo offers farmers the ultimate in pasture performance with faster establishment, improved winter growth and bigger pasture yields than any other diploid Italian ryegrass on the market. Tempo is suitable for grazing, hay or silage and will carrythrough into a second year under favourable conditions.



    • The best in its class
    • Rapid establishment - setting you up for winter



    • Widely tested and consistently delivers
    • Strong second year performance when benchmarked against competition



    Tempo has topped 9 out of 12 diploid italian ryegrass trails, beating all leading varieties including Knight, Concord II, Crusader and Asset*.


    Tempo has produced an extra 815kg DM/ha per trial, compared with the trial average*.


    Variety Management / Agronomy

    Sowing rate: For best results sow Tempo at 22-28 kg/ha into a clean, weed-free seed-bed with adequate soil fertility.

    Sowing depth: Ryegrass can be sown at 5-20 mm, however if sowing in a mix with clover, try to keep the sowing depth from 5-10mm.

    Fertiliser: For best performance, soil fertility and acidity problems should be amended prior to sowing. It is usually best to plant ryegrass with 60-100 kg/ha of MAP or DAP at sowing to provide some starter phosphorus and nitrogen.

    Weeds: Ideally reducing the weed burden of a paddock should commence in the season prior to sowing by reducing the seed-set of annual weeds with either a herbicide control or silage. Additionally a knock-down herbicide (such as glyphosate) is best applied prior to sowing if weeds are present.

    Grazing: Ensure the first grazing doesn’t take place until the plants are sufficiently anchored. Use your hand to pull on the plants at grazing height. If the plants remain in the ground, then grazing can commence. Ideally, ryegrass should be rotationally grazed for optimal growth. To do this, graze at the 2.5-3 leaf stage, then let the plants rest again to the 2.5-3 leaf stage to re-charge the carbohydrates levels to enable better growth rates.


    *Tempo trial sites include the years 2013 - 2016 for Howlong (NSW), Lardner (VIC) and Gatton (QLD). Performance data correct at time of printing (January 2017).


    Italian Ryegrass

    Sow for highly productive short term pastures in areas with mild summers or where late season rains result in pasture growth into late spring and early summer. They are also well suited to over-sowing into run down pastures and may be sown in spring where summer moisture is reliable.