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Four key takeaways from what we learned in an Illinois case study on LowBoy Annual Ryegrass.

1 No-till friendly

"With a lower level of residue, LowBoy provides a nice planting environment and the shorter stature of the plant is not as intimidating as larger varieties, in situations of late termination This could be especially helpful to new adopters of cover crops and those learning to manage heavier green residue associated with delayed termination systems."

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Corn planted into LowBoy annual ryegrass.

2 Easier late-season termination

"The later maturity of LowBoy observed in this study could also be of benefit as termination timing in the vegetative stages could be achieved a few days later in the spring when warmer weather conditions would be more conducive to herbicide uptake which is key to effective early control."

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Lowboy at time of termination is short in stature and easy to manage.

3 Great rooting without excessive top-growth

"Heading height of Lowboy was less than 24”, whereas Bounty was nearly 40”. Given the stature of the plants, the rooting characteristics of LowBoy were impressive and comparable to that of the other varieties tested. The maturity of LowBoy was also observed to be slightly later than the other varieties utilized in this evaluation."

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Core sample shows LowBoy’s deep root system.

4 Equal Performance

"When it comes to performance, Lowboy is right there. There were statistically little differences in nitrogen production among the tested varieties. That shows that lots of top growth on annual ryegrass isn’t necessarily required for good corn yields."

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Table 4 – 2017 Corn Yield

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