Cool season grasses. Gulf annual ryegrass is hardy deer food and protects against soil erosion. Gulf annual ryegrass is similar to perennial ryegrass,which is the primary forage in Europe, with a clumpy growth habit and grows 1-2 feet tall in the Northern and Central United States. Gulf annual ryegrass produces a little taller plant and grows in the Central to Southern United States. Ryegrass is grown extensively in the United States as cattle pasture
Adaptation - These grasses have a wide range of adaptability to soils and grow in most soil types. They will withstand wet soils with reasonably good drainage.
Seeding Instructions- In late August through October, broadcast 20-30 lbs ryegrass/acre alone in a deer food plot or 15-20 lbs/acre in a food plot mix with clovers (see clovers for seeding rates) into a clean, well prepared soil. Lightly drag or disk to 1/4 inch deep.
Fertility- Very responsive to nitrogen. Maintain adequate levels of phosphorus and potassium.
Wildlife Food Plot Advantages- This is the ultimate cattle pasture forage grass and is a highly attractive deer food, although some question its nutritional value and weediness.