We introduce you to our Grass breeding programme
Updated: Apr 27
RAGT Seeds has an extensive grass breeding programme covering a wide range of forage and turf species.
We have breeding stations across France, enabling us to select varieties which are suited for different climates and soil types.
The best varieties are then put into pre-NL screening sites across the UK (Northern Ireland, Worcestershire and Devon) to pick out the ones we believe will be best for the UK market.
"Our aim is to produce high yielding varieties with excellent quality and persistence."
In addition, due to our rigorous screening programme we have some of the best disease resistance scores for crown rust, brown rust, dreschlera and mildew.
Forage grass for the UK
We currently have 13 varieties on the UK Recommended List, covering a range of heading dates and including diploid and tetraploid varieties. Whilst a number of these have been successfully delegated to other companies for production, an increasing number are kept under the RAGT banner and are being produced in the UK for mixing.
This side of the business has been growing steadily over the past five years and our varieties can now be found in mixtures from a range of merchants across the country.
- RGT Kirial Hybrid ryegrass (tetraploid)
- RGT Cordial Hybrid ryegrass (tetraploid)
- RGT Bijou Late PRG (tetraploid)
- RGT Kendal Late PRG (diploid)
- Syntilla Italian ryegrass (diploid)
- RGT Gabby White clover (medium-large leaf) *NZ production
We are always on the lookout for new grass seed producers, whether that’s a 5ha field or a 50ha field. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss this.
Equally, if you’re not currently using RAGT varieties in your grass seed mixtures and would like some more information we’d love to hear from you.