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Shield

Turf-Type Perennial Ryegrass

A new elite turf-type perennial ryegrass bred for gorgeous turf with very high resistance to gray leaf spot, rust, and summer stress.

Survivability

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.

Rutgers University

Gray Leaf Spot

Adelphi, NJ 2015

VarietyResistance
Highest Score8.7
Shield8.0
Overdrive 5G8.0
Amazing A+7.0
Green Supreme7.0
Rutkus6.7
Haven6.3
Revenge GLX4.7
Monterey 42.3
Replay2.3
Sunrise2.3
Goalkeeper II2.0
Palmer III2.0
Lsd1.6

Quality Turf

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.

Rutgers University

Turf Quality

Adelphi, NJ 2015

VarietyQuality
Highest Score6.9
Shield6.7
Overdrive 5G6.4
Amazing A+5.8
Rutkus5.6
Green Supreme5.5
Revenge GLX4.7
Haven4.5
Monterey 43.6
Replay2.8
Sunrise3.4
Palmer III2.9
Goalkeeper II2.6
Lsd0.8
Sheild, a dark green, high quality turf ryegrass

National Trials

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.

NTEP

Performance Data

2016-2018

Categories Statistically Equal To The Highest Rated Variety*20172018Location Where Statistically Equal To The Highest Quality Rating*20172018
Quality Group 1xxFresno, CAxx
Quality Group 2xxStorrs, CTxx
Quality Schedule A xAmes, IAxx
Quality Schedule BxxUrbana, IL x
Quality Northeast xLexington, KYx 
Quality Transitionx East Lansing, MIx 
Quality North CentralxxSt. Paul, MNxx
% Bare Cover, Traffic, Blacksburg, VAx Columbia, MO x
Drought Logan, UTx Mead, NExx
Spring Greenup xCorvallis, ORx 
Seedling Vigorx Quality Traffic, Corvallis, ORxx
Seedling Vigor, Manhattan, KSx Blacksburg, VAxx
% Ground Cover Springx Madison, WIxx
% Ground Cover Fallx    
Red Thread x   
Crown Rust, NJx    
Pink Snow Mold, UTxx   
Fall Color Retention, IL x   
% Establishmentx    
% Establishment Logan, UTx    
% Divot Recovery, Lexington, KYx    
Winter Kill, MNx    
Quality Dec, Fresno, CAx    

Planting Information

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.)
Home Lawns5–85–8
Athletic Fields9–1512–18
Greens25–35
Tees9–1512–18
Fairways225–350*300–425*
*rates in lbs/acre
map of perennial turfgrass planting area