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Kidman is an early flowering diploid perennial ryegrass. It has high autumn, winter and early spring dry matter production. Leaves are medium-fine and deep green in colour. Tiller density can be described as medium-dense. Kidman has been selected for very low levels of aftermath heading and quick return to vegetative production.
Kidman has consistently out-performed grasses in its category in all respects. Kidman will perform where Victorian or Kangaroo Valley types have been traditionally used. It has performed equal to or better than Arrow in the majority of trials with a strong advantage in autumn/winter and early spring growth and is generally at or near the top of the trials for these characteristics. It has been outstanding in terms of establishment vigour in Australian trials, and has only been beaten by Barberia and Bealey. It has also displayed very good plant pulling resistance in NZ North Island trials suggesting a strong root system.
Kidman is the most recent release of a true perennial ryegrass for the extensive medium rainfall pastoral industry. It will suit areas with dominant winter rainfall and dry summers. It does have application for summer production as it exhibits excellent summer growth where moisture is available. It also has application for extensive and dryland dairying. It will also be useful for equine pastures and other stock classes. Kidman contains AR1 endophyte and will not cause ryegrass staggers, thus leading to improved animal performance when compared to wild-type or other staggers causing endophytes.
Graze when seedlings resist pulling and tearing the leaves. The best time is typically 8-10 weeks after sowing, but at earliest opportunity to allow sunlight into the base of the pasture thus encouraging tiller and clover development. It also makes a good companion for most pasture legumes including white, strawberry, sub and annual clovers. Usually sow 80% grass by seed count and 20% clovers by seed count. Can be sown as the single grass or in combination with phalaris, tall fescue, cocksfoot or other ryegrasses.
Sow from February - October, when moisture available.
- 750mm+ / irrigation: 20-25kg/ha
- 750mm - 600mm: 15-20kg/ha
- <600mm: 10-15kg/ha