Dexter stays vegetative longer! This leafy, late-maturing tetraploid annual ryegrass is ideal for demanding livestock, such as dairy and beef cattle. Producers desiring high-quality forage late in the spring season will find Dexter an ideal choice. Dexter may be safely grazed by all livestock, as well as harvested for stored feed. It can also be used as a cover crop. Dexter’s growth curve is notably later than many annual ryegrasses. This means Dexter remains vegetative, tender and lush longer. Durable and cold tolerant! Top yielder among other annual ryegrasses.

DEXTER FOR THE NORTH: Dexter has shown excellent cold
tolerance, allowing Northern producers to plant it in either fall or spring. Fall plantings will provide minimal growth prior to winter and then become very productive in spring, remaining vegetative longer than many traditional annual ryegrass. With good regrowth, Dexter may be grazed or harvested multiple times late into the season. For regions with limited growing seasons, Dexter may be planted in the spring and should remain vegetative for longer than many other
annual ryegrasses.

DEXTER FOR THE SOUTH: Southern producers transitioning to other summer annual crops needing late spring grazing or stored feed should find Dexter very useful. Producers overseeding permanent warm-season pastures should be aware that Dexter’s late growth may hinder or damage re-emergence of warm season species.

Seeding rate: 25-35 lbs/A
Seeding Depth: 1/4” -1/2”
Planting Dates:
Goal: Late Summer for fall & spring grazing: 4 to 6 weeks prior to recommended wheat dates.
Goal: Spring grazing to early summer: Barley to wheat dates
Overwintering Tip: Ideal height for
going into winter is 4-6”

Dexter Annual Ryegrass Tech Sheet