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LowBoy

Lowboy

Annual Ryegrass

An innovative new tool for cover crop systems.

LowBoy is as easy to terminate as it is to plant, giving it an edge over traditional annual ryegrasses used for cover cropping. Its unique growing habit reduces weeds, yet allow for other cover crop species. LowBoy is deep-rooted and cold-tolerant too, making it an ideal cover crop tool.

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Features

Great Ground Coverage

Compared to other annual ryegrasses, LowBoy has much more aggressive tillering. This spreading effect minimizes bare soil, runoff, evaporation, and unwanted weeds during the growing season.

Easy To Terminate

LowBoy’s narrower leaves and reduced top growth make it easier for late-season termination, especially during wetter springs.

Deep and Wide Roots

LowBoy's roots go deep. They also go wide helping retain soil, absorb water and create an abundance of root channels.

Cold Tolerant

LowBoy has shown good cold tolerance in Midwest trials.

Endophyte-Free

While used primarily as a cover crop, LowBoy is also safe for all livestock and free of toxic endophyte.

No-Till Friendly

Because LowBoy has a shorter canopy, there is less end of the year residual, providing easier no-till planting.

Strengths

Close-Up of LowBoy

Stays Low to the Ground

LowBoy covers more ground. Compared to other annual ryegrasses, LowBoy has much more aggressive tillering. This spreading effect minimizes bare soil, runoff, evaporation, and unwanted weeds during the growing season. LowBoy is truly excellent temporary ground cover.

Lowboy used as a cover crop in corn.

Easy Termination

When late spring arrives, LowBoy goes away with ease, making transition to row crops or warm season crops easy. Compared to traditional ryegrasses, LowBoy has significantly less top-growth. Excessive top-growth can be difficult to burn down chemically as well as hinder no-till seeding and sufficient light penetration to dry out and warm up soil. LowBoy is there when you need it, and leaves when you don’t, allowing easier establishment of primary crops, such as corn and soybeans.

Deep and Dense Root System

In multiple evaluations, LowBoy has demonstrated an extensive root system with two predictable characteristics. First, LowBoy’s has very dense roots directly under each plant. These roots are wide and thick, penetrating soil with countless channels. Second, LowBoy sends roots deep. In soil pit/plug studies LowBoy demonstrated root depths as deep, if not deeper than other well-known cover-crop ryegrasses.

Cold Tolerance

LowBoy has shown very good cold tolerance throughout the country, providing confidence in use throughout the United States. PLUS, LowBoy doesn't produce excessive tonnage at the end of the season, making termination much easier.

Ohio State University

Cover Crop & Hay Trial Variety Trial Results

South Charleston, OH, 2017 – 2018

Entry Winterkill Rating¹ Yield (Total DM/A)
  Cover Crop Treatment Hay Treatment Both Treatments Cover Crop Treatment Hay Treatment Both Treatments
  % Kill % Kill Average     Average
LowBoy 5* 5* 5 0.68 3.37 2.03
Koga 10* 12.3 11.2 1.79* 5.86* 3.8
Winterhawk 13* 15.4 14.2 2.17* 4.3 3.24
Kodiak 13* 18.3 15.7 2.16* 4.12 3.14
FrostProof 9* 23.5 16.3 2.40* 3.63 3.02
McKinley 16* 20.3 18.2 1.65* 3.78 2.72
New Dawn 18 19.7 18.9 1.74* 3.89 2.82
Sheriff 28 44.5 36.3 1.45 3.13 2.29
LSD P=.05 11.73 2.45 0.52 0.5
¹Winterkill rating taken 3/26.
*Statistically equal to the top performing variety.

Ohio State University

Cover Crop Variety Trial

South Charleston, OH, 2014 – 2015 (Sown 9/8/2014)

Entry Winter Injury* % Stand Yield (Total DM/A)**
LowBoy 1.0 100 559
KB Supreme 1.5 100 2510
Centurion 1.5 100 2196
Fria 1.5 100 2149
Nu Spirit 1.8 100 2459
KB Royal 2.3 98 1960
LSD (0.05) 1.0 11 777
*Winter Injury -- 1 = no injury to 5= severe injury (dead)
**lbs. Dry Matter/Acre

University of Kentucky

2015 – 2016 Annual Ryegrass Trial

Lexington, KY, Sown Sept. 3, 2015

Variety Winter injury* Plant Height (In)
  Jan 29th April 18th
TetraPrime 0.9 14
Marshall 1.1 18
LowBoy 1.8 11
Melqautro 2.3 14
Barmultra II 2.3 15
Fria 5.3 15
Nelson 5.5 13
Bruiser 4.0 16
Oryx 4.3 13
Jackson 4.3 15
Kospeed 4.5 15
Feast II 9.0 6
Gulf 9.0 5
* Winter injury score based on a scale of 1-9 with 9 being the greatest amount of injury.

Cornell University

Cover Crop Trial (% Ground Coverage)

2015 – 2016

Variety April 19, 2016
LowBoy 94%
Meroa Italian 93%
Barextra 86%
Fria 75%
Bardelta 75%
Ribeye 55%
Maximus 44%
Hercules 24%
Lsd 16%

Planting

LowBoy can be seeded at a rate of 10–30 lbs/acre depending on the mix or purpose. For best results, plant August thru December or March thru May. Ideal seeding depth: 0–½".

Seeding Rate 10–30 lbs/ac
Planting Dates Aug–Dec, Mar–May
Planting Zones (map) green
Planting Depth 0–½"
Optimal pH Range 5.5–7.0
LowBoy Planting Map

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