Shield was specifically bred from germplasm known to have high survivability in hot, humid regions crossed with plants highly resistant to gray leaf spot, stem rust and other disease. Further screenings have produced a ryegrass you can plant with confidence. Great turf that will endure the elements and stand tuff against disease.
Gray Leaf Spot
Shield is ideal for use on home lawns, high traffic areas, athletic fields, fairways, and other locations where attractive, disease resistant perennial ryegrass is desired. Shield can easily be combined with elite bluegrasses, fine and tall fescues.
Shield is currently being evaluated throughout the country under the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP). The first year report shows good turf quality throughout the country, as well as good resistances to crown rust, pink snow mold, winter kill and drought.
|Categories Statistically Equal To The Highest Rated Variety*||2017||2018||Location Where Statistically Equal To The Highest Quality Rating*||2017||2018|
|Quality Group 1||x||x||Fresno, CA||x||x|
|Quality Group 2||x||x||Storrs, CT||x||x|
|Quality Schedule A||x||Ames, IA||x||x|
|Quality Schedule B||x||x||Urbana, IL||x|
|Quality Northeast||x||Lexington, KY||x|
|Quality Transition||x||East Lansing, MI||x|
|Quality North Central||x||x||St. Paul, MN||x||x|
|% Bare Cover, Traffic, Blacksburg, VA||x||Columbia, MO||x|
|Drought Logan, UT||x||Mead, NE||x||x|
|Spring Greenup||x||Corvallis, OR||x|
|Seedling Vigor||x||Quality Traffic, Corvallis, OR||x||x|
|Seedling Vigor, Manhattan, KS||x||Blacksburg, VA||x||x|
|% Ground Cover Spring||x||Madison, WI||x||x|
|% Ground Cover Fall||x|
|Crown Rust, NJ||x|
|Pink Snow Mold, UT||x||x|
|Fall Color Retention, IL||x|
|% Establishment Logan, UT||x|
|% Divot Recovery, Lexington, KY||x|
|Winter Kill, MN||x|
|Quality Dec, Fresno, CA||x|
For ideal turf, plant Shield on fertile, neutral pH soils during the cooler seasons of the year, such as spring and fall. If needing to plant during other times, plan on additional overseeding.
|Seeding Rate – New Plantings (green) (lbs/1000 sq. ft.)||Seeding Rate – Overseeding (blue) (lbs/1000 sq. ft.)|
|*rates in lbs/acre|