Big Boss Ryegrass

BIG is better!

Big Boss is one of our highest performing and most popular ryegrasses. Farmers and ranchers love its high yields, later maturity, advanced disease resistance, increased cold tolerance, and impressive re-growth.

Features

Tetraploid Sweetness

Big Boss is a tetraploid annual ryegrass. This means it has twice the chromosomes as a diploid, higher sugar content, and big juicy leaves perfect for grazing, silage, and hay.

High Yields, Super Re-growth

Big Boss provides high yields all season long. You'll enjoy fast recovery after each grazing or cutting, even late into the season.

Disease/Insect Resistance

Big Boss was bred for improved resistance to leaf spot, rust and insect damage.

Uses

Grazing

Plant it for your cattle, cows, goats, horses, chickens and the like. Big Boss promises to put pounds on anything that eats it. Endophyte-free, the Boss is safe for all livestock including equine.

Hay and Silage

Harvesting it yourself? Bale it, roll it, wrap it, or chop it. Then feed it as needed. Super sweet and will make milk and meat.

Wildlife

Use Big Boss in food plots to draw them in or grow their racks for next season.

Cover Crop

Capture excess nitrogen, bust your soil up with aggressive roots, and add to the carbon bank with lots and lots of biomass. Big Boss is ideal as a single species cover crop or for use in a mixture with legumes, brassicas and other soil-building components.

Yield Data

A selection out of our popular Big Daddy and Jumbo, with further crossings with T-3 for more cold tolerance, Big Boss's trial results show it is a BIG forage producer!

Yield Data (Total DMY)

Three Year Average – 2013–2016

  Crossville Headland Fairhope
Big Boss 6235 6119 9240
Marshall 6153 6067 9616
Diamond T 6132 6242 9219
Gulf (Local) 6105 5727 8563
TAMTBO 5916 6169 9121
Nelson 5860 5983 10079
Fria 5841 5604 9661
Flying A 5754 5793 9046
Winterhawk 5618 5424 9055
Selected data; completed data available upon request.

Florida Trial Results

Marianna, FL – 2010–2012 (Two Year Average)

Variety DM/A
Big Boss 8076*
Early Ploid 7994*
ME4 7949*
Passerel Plus 7211
Prine 7202
Nelson 7076
Flying A 6696
Winterhawk 6612
Grits 6490
DH-3 6228
LSD 588

University of Georgia

Trial Results (Total DMY)

Four Locations – 2011

Brand-Variety Tifton Plains Griffin Calhoun Statewide
Big Boss 10,052* 8,516* 15,860* 12,758* 11,796*
Lonestar 9,572 8,320 16,313* 12,193* 11,599*
Early Ploid 10,324* 8,788* 15,334 11,852* 11,574*
TAMTBO 9,388 8,015 16,467 12,322* 11,548*
ME94 8,876 8,403* 17,161* 11,552* 11,498*
Attain 9,964* 8,320 15,771* 11,824* 11,470*
Nelson 10,683* 8,081 14,299 12,475* 11,384*
ME4 9,660 8,385* 15,424 11,140 11,152*
Diamond T 9,126 8,211 14,869 12,399* 11,151*
TetraStar 10,226* 8,505* 14,172 11,636* 11,135*
Passerel Plus 9,735 8,113 14,674 11,331* 10,963
Marshall 9,311 8,451* 14,605 11,392* 10,940
Prine 9,736 8,124 14,384 11,474* 10,929
Maximus 8,955 8,974* 13,526 11,644* 10,775
GO-ENH 8,385 7,296 15,576 11,254 10,628
Verdure 9,888* 8,767* 12,543 11,000 10,550
Grits 9,464 7,231 14,778 10,664 10,534
Fria 9,518 7,177 13,883 11,430* 10,502
Winterhawk 8,309 7,666 14,657 10,598 10,307
Oregro DH-3 9,202 7,743 13,374 10,275 10,148
Flying A 8,604 7,427 14,004 10,257 10,073
Jackson 9,311 7,340 13,143 10,456 10,062
LSD at 10% Level 840 601 1,495 1,439 783
*equal to top score based on LSD.
Complete trial results available upon request.

Louisiana State University

Annual Ryegrass Trials (Mean DMY)

Three Locations – 2006–2009

Variety Franklinton Jeanerette Winnsboro 3-yr Mean
Big Boss 13,331 11,551 7,646 10,914
TAMTBO 12,584 11,770 7,778 10,817
Prine 12,459 11,813 7,724 10,780
Marshall 12,938 11,184 8,042 10,768
Maximus 12,390 11,408 7,883 10,645
Attain 12,681 11,397 7,580 10,637
ME4 12,592 11,144 7,899 10,605
Jumbo 11,944 11,652 7,678 10,547
Gainer 12,368 11,198 7,844 10,543
Diamond T 12,544 11,125 7,638 10,505
Jackson 12,208 11,247 7,787 10,497
Flying A 11,801 11,381 7,835 10,443
4X 12,078 11,067 7,950 10,435
Verdure 11,780 11,499 7,639 10,425
Rio 12,487 10,894 7,676 10,406
Passerel Plus 12,037 11,138 7,573 10,338
Gulf 11,903 11,308 7,415 10,319
Ed 11,745 11,357 7,507 10,318
ME 94 12,254 11,018 7,383 10,298
Dyna Gain 11,651 11,208 7,632 10,268
TAM 90 11,981 10,816 7,547 10,185
Mean 12295 11,293 7,694 10,514
LSD (.05) NS NS NS NS

Louisiana State University

Annual Ryegrass Trials (DMY)

Four Locations – 2004–2006

Variety Franklinton Jeanerette Rosepine Winnsboro 2-yr Mean
Prine 10,394* 4,657* 6,416* 7,256* 6,987*
Big Boss 9,823* 4,784* 6,562* 7,507* 6,985*
Striker 9,883* 4,825* 5,884* 7,499* 6,854*
Passerel Plus 9,892* 4,506* 5,578* 8,046* 6,813*
Abundant 10,253* 4,245 5,799* 7,497* 6,741*
Ed 9,633* 4,712* 6,348* 6,827 6,713*
Jumbo 9,779* 4,918* 5,472 7,151 6,683*
Beefbuilder III 9,342* 4,696* 5,777* 7,457* 6,655*
Dyna-Gain 9,708* 4,605* 5,577* 7,265 6,621*
Rio 9,646* 4,764* 5,628* 7,003 6,607*
Graze-N-Gro 9,837* 4,485* 5,175 7,280 6,524*
Tam 90 9,421* 4,531* 5,288 7,486* 6,516*
Diamond T 9,149* 4,249 5,859* 7,337* 6,464
Gulf 10,026* 4,413* 5,406 6,652 6,454
King 8,980* 4,741* 5,573* 6,850 6,398
Jackson 9,145* 4,532* 5,553* 6,967 6,394
Verdure 9,183* 4,294 5,281 7,181 6,316
Shiwasuaoba 6,714* 3,726 4,387 5,595 5,006
LSD - 417 1,016 751 499
*equal to top score based on LSD.

Texas A&M Trial Results (Total DMY)

Overton, TX – 2010–2013

Variety 3–Yr. Mean ('10–'13) Six Harvests ('11–'12)
Big Boss 7,700 10,813
Diamond T 7,062 9,438
Flying A 6,983 9,021
Gulf 5,748 6,290
Jackson 6,766 8,059
Jumbo 6,980
Lonestar 8,834
Maximus 7,039 9,107
ME-4 6,293
ME-94 6,686
Nelson 7,539 9,165
Passeral Plus 6,593 8,493
Prine 7,091 9,175
Tam 90 6,335
TAMTBO 7,569 9,315
Tetrapro 8,992
Tetrastar 8,911
Winterhawk 6,621 7,564
LSD 1,282
DMY – Dry Matter Yields

Mississippi State University

Annual Ryegrass Trials (Total DM/A)

Three Locations – 2015–2016

Variety Holly Springs Starkville Poplarville 3-Location Average
Big Boss 7220 5330 8524 7025
Fria 7158 4833 9040 7010
Lonestar 6093 5485 9243 6940
Winterhawk 6820 5633 8334 6929
Flying A 6433 5467 8868 6923
Maximus 6721 5060 8484 6755
Prine 5841 5582 8215 6546
Jumbo 7970 5023 6385 6459
TAMTBO 7416 3960 7847 6408
Cedence 6967 4508 7539 6338
Nelson 5090 4360 9452 6301
Passerel Plus 5754 5249 7387 6130
Marshall 3919 6461 7187 5856
Diamond T 5595 4562 6198 5452
Jackson 6030 3889 6192 5370
Andes 4758 4336 6896 5330
LSD NS 1225 2241
*equal to top score based on LSD.

Strengths

Disease Resistance

Grazers, silage makers, and hay producers will all appreciate Big Boss' superior disease resistance. Bred out the University of Florida's internationally recognized forage breeding program, Big Boss is packed with the most advanced disease resistance. Disease resistance includes very high resistance to leaf spot, grey leaf spot, rust, and insect damage.

University of Florida

Disease Data

Gainesville, FL – 2004–2005

Variety 19-Mar 1-Apr 4-Feb 21-Feb 24-Mar 11-Apr 2-Yr Ave
Big Boss 2 4.25 2 3.5 4.5 2.25 3.08
Beef Builder III 2 3.63 1.83 3.5 4 5.16 3.35
Surrey II 3.25 4.88 2 4.25 5 3.75 3.86
Gulf 2.62 5.25 2.25 4.25 5.25 3.75 3.9
Jackson 2.5 4.5 2.5 4.75 5 5.5 4.13
King 4.25 5.13 2.25 4 4.75 4.5 4.15
Passserel Plus 3.88 5.38 2.25 4 6 5.25 4.46
2-yrs, 6 incidents (the lower score the better)

Planting

Big Boss should be seeded at a rate of 30–35 lbs/ac when planting new pastures and 10–15 lbs/ac when overseeding. For best results, plant in the fall when adequate moisture is available. Ideal seeding depth: 0–¼ inch.

Seeding Rate – new pastures 30–35 lbs/ac
Seeding Rate – overseeding 10–15 lbs/ac
Planting Dates fall
Planting Zones (map) green
Planting Depth 0;–¼"
Optimal pH Range 6.0–7.0
Germination 5–10 days
Planting zones

Testimonials

Field of Big Boss.

“We use Big Boss for hay and with crimson clover in my pastures for grazing. I've really seen an increase in the weight of my cows and the tonnage of hay. The Big Boss is more tolerant to the weather and it produces a lot more tonnage per acre in hay production. It’s really be a great asset to our farm. As compared to the other ryegrasses, it’s not much difference in the price, but it gives you more for your money.”

Brian Hawkins Newberry, SC

"The largest two dairies in the county chose Big Boss in 2007 after seeing how well it did in 2006. These dairies need "cold tolerance, rust resistance, and tonnage." And that's what Big Boss is giving them."

Buddy Bass Georgia–Florida Fertilizer Company, Quitman, GA

"Grew well, does what it is supposed to do. Customers are pleased. It's fine!"

John Williams Newberry Williams Farm, Colquitt, GA

"What I liked about Big Boss is that it stayed longer and gave me about two more weeks of grazing."

Elias Higdon Hogdon Cattle Company, Grandbay, AL

"I really like it. I am planning on putting out more next year."

Gene Snail Double D. Cattle Company, Enterprise, AL

""When customers found out I had Big Boss, they took it away from me. I have had no complaints. It must be a very palatable variety.

Milney Perry Zorn Brothers, Inc., Florala, AL

"Aprovecho para felicitarlos por la buena calidad del producto, y ofrezco enviarles fotos de las praderas que tengo sembradas que se ven fabulosas. (I wanted to take opportunity to congratulate you on the high quality product, and offer to send you pictures of the pastures that I seeded – they look fabulous.)"

Dario Samaniego Colca, Loja, Ecuador

"Everyone I sold it to is very happy. A number of my customers have come back asking for it by name. It outgrows other varieties. It has more forage and broader leaves."

Chris The Hitching Post, DeFuniak Springs, FL

"Repeat customers want it and want nothing else. It doesn't get disease, like other ryegrasses."

Stan Gramling Gramlings, Inc., Tallahassee, FL

"People ask for it by name. There is a noticeable difference between Big Boss and other varieties. You can tell when a product works because people come in and ask for it by name. The good producers want it."

Greg Williams Lake Butler Farm Center, Lake Butler, FL
Field of Big Boss.

"It was very thick. My hay cutting guy could really tell a difference. It was number one in my trials."

Alex Lewis George County Co-Op, Lucedale, MS

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