Yield of white clover populations in mixture with contrasting perennial ryegrasses

Rosemary P. Collins, Ian Rhodes

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A field experiment was established in May 1986 in which four white-clover populations originating in Switzerland, and a bred variety, Menna, were grown in binary mixtures with their ‘co-existing’ perennial ryegrasses and three other bred ryegrasses— Aurora, Talbot and Melle. The productivity of both components of the mixtures was measured by cutting samples in October 1986 (after establishment) and on five occasions during the growing season in 1987, Substantial differences were observed between clover yields in different mixtures, and the yield ranking of clover was found to vary with companion grass. It was concluded that the interaction between grass and clover populations originated at an early stage in sward development, being evident in both the 1986 establishment cut and the spring cut of the following year. The implications of these results for the formulation of breeding objectives and the evaluation of breeding material are briefly discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-115
Number of pages5
JournalGrass and Forage Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1989


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