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Limagrain UK Introduces Drought Buster Grass Seed

Limagrain UK has introduced a new grass seed mixture called Drought Buster, designed to withstand hot, dry weather that can lead to a shortage of grass. It includes continental plant types, and varieties specifically chosen for their ability to tolerate longer periods of drought.

Tall fescue variety is used widely in Europe
and is tolerant of heat and drought.

Tall fescue

The Drought Buster mixture contains purpose-bred forage tall fescues, Matrix Enhanced Ryegrass, Ensign Plus white clover and tetraploid ryegrasses. The seed is treated with Headstart and Integral to enhance establishment. Drought Buster is available in 25kg bags.

Limagrain’s Ian Misselbrook explains: “Tall fescues and Matrix Enhanced Ryegrass recover rapidly in drought conditions, and are used effectively on the continent.

Tall fescues and Matrix Enhanced Ryegrass
are used effectively on the continent.

Tall fescues and Matrix Enhanced Ryegrass
The mixture includes Herbie perennial ryegrass, used widely in Spain, as it is also tolerant to heat and drought, as well as deep rooting tetraploid ryegrasses. The inclusion of our Ensign Plus white clover blend will help fill any mid-summer grazing gaps, when ryegrasses are less productive.

“We are already experiencing drought conditions in certain regions of the UK, and Limagrain has developed Drought Buster, specifically with this in mind. The species and varieties included in this seed mixture have proved successful in southern Europe.”

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