Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV)
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Hybrid ryegrass (Lolium hybridum)

Balanced, persistent yielder

Maturity Groupintermediate

AstonCrusader is DSV’s first own bred hybrid ryegrass. It is a tetraploid variety which is now officially recommended in England and Wales as well as in the low mountain region of Germany. The recommendation in England and Wales directly shows that AstonCrusader produces a very high total annual yield with an extraordinary early spring growth. Combined with excellent disease resistance, AstonCrusader is an absolutely top variety in its segment.

The official German BSA marks confirm the strong yield potential of this variety. AstonCrusader achieves strong and stable dry matter yields in the first and subsequent cuts. These characteristics are combined with excellent persistence, sward density and rust resistance. All in all, these were the most important characteristics that led directly to the variety being recommended in the low mountain region in Germany. AstonCrusader is yet another strong variety in the DSV portfolio suitable for broad use on the international markets. AstonCrusader is also an interesting variety for our farmers in grass seed multiplication.

Recommended List of Hybrid Ryegrass Varieties 2014/2015


Yield+ + + + +
Winter Hardiness+ + +
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Official German variety list 2013 (Beschreibende Sortenliste 2013)

Ear emergence3 (early)
Dry matter production at the beginning5 (intermediate)
Tendency for winter damage5 (intermediate)
Tendency for lodging 6 (intermediate to strong)
Sward density5 (intermediate)
Persistence7 (high)
Dry matter yield - total6 (intermediate to high)
Dry matter yield - 1. cut6 (intermediate to high)
Dry matter yield - following cuts6 (intermediate to high)
Susceptibility for rust4 (low to intermediate)
All specified information is given to the best of our knowledge and belief, but without guarantee on completeness and correctness. Despite care we cannot guarantee that the described characteristics are repeatable / comprehensive in agricultural practice in each case. Deutsche Saatveredelung AG excludes adhesion for damage or claims for damages, resulting of the use for the variety specified in this description.