Short Description: Annual ryegrass is a cool season grass that is primarily used for livestock forage or erosion control in the cooler months. It is commonly over seeded in warm season pastures. Deer may browse on ryegrass, but it is not a preferred species for them. We typically carry TAM90 and Alamo Tetraploid Annual Ryegrasses. Please call to place an order (210) 661-4191.

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Annual Ryegrass is a cool season annual grass that is primarily used for livestock forage provision and erosion control in the south, central, and eastern parts of Texas. It is adapted to most soil types. Plants grow 1-3’ at maturity. When used as a temporary cool season cover, this species can volunteer in subsequent years if allow to produce seed. It is the most common cool season forage planted for livestock in Texas.

For winter forage production for livestock, ryegrass is commonly over seeded in established grass pastures in early autumn or planted in tandem with wheat or oats. Deer will graze ryegrass, but it is not a preferred forage for them. The grass’ late maturity in spring can make it a problematic competitor with some warm season pastures, especially those containing native grasses. Annual Ryegrass is also a common plant for erosion control seeding in winter; however care should be used to terminate the stand before maturity or before planting permanent seed mixes.

For more information:

Annual Ryegrasses from Texas Agricultural Experiment Station

Annual Winter Pasture Establishment, Management, and Utilization from Texas Agricultural Extension Service

Planting Rate

20 - 30 lbs per acre


1 - 3 feet


Cool Season Annual