New DLF varieties score well on latest STRI and Grasgids listings
The latest results from STRI and Grasgids, two of Europe's most respected turf listings are in, and looking good for new DLF varieties. Many of the lists are dominated by DLF varieties, with three new ones jumping straight into the top slots.
STRI: a guide to turf varieties for temperate regions
For turf professionals, the annual report from The British Society of Plant Breeders and the STRI group is an excellent guide to the best new varieties. Although the report comes in three sections – sports grasses, lawn grasses and close-mow (also known as 'the greens list') – the listings are not exclusive. A versatile variety can appear in more than one section.
DLF features strongly on the STRI listings
DLF varieties are well represented on the sports list this year.
Perennial ryegrass, diploid
Perennial ryegrass, tetraploid (known as 4turf®)
DLF genetics have conquered the UK's tetraploid ryegrass SPORTS list: FABIAN holds the top position, TETRAGAME comes in 2nd place, TETRAMAGIC in 3rd place and TETRADRY in 4th place. After first-year trials: TETRASTAR has achieved excellent results.
Growers seeking a turf that combines persistence with wear-tolerance should look at varieties of smooth-stalked meadow-grass. This year new DLF varieties have taken 2 of the top 3 SPORTS places. RIHANNA still holds the number-one slot. BECCA is new in at 3rd place. DAKISHA is a useful all-round variety that's new in the middle of the list.
JULIUS, SOMBRERO and GREENPLAY still hold top- 10 places.
LAWNS AND GREENS LISTS
First-year results are also out: SINGAPORE and LUPITA promise to take good places in LAWNS.
New in GREENS list in the UK: CHLOE, ESTELLE and MONTACILLA
Four of the top-five varieties are from DLF. RIHANNA jumped to the top of the LAWNS list making SOMBRERO go from 1st to 2nd place.
GIMA is new to the chewings fescues, among the top five on the GREENS list and within the top ten on the LAWNS list.
Slender creeping red fescue
Strong creeping red fescues
Among the strong creeping red fescues, LAVERDA went straight in to the top of the LAWNS list. As a result, ROSSINANTE is now in 2nd place.
CATHY: achieves first place on the GREENS list.
New varieties on the competitive Grasgids
The Dutch turf grass list – the Grasgids – is highly competitive. To achieve a listing, a new variety has to perform better than the variety that's already at number 7 in the list. Nevertheless, DLF plant breeders have 18 varieties on the sports lists. Eight are perennial ryegrasses, and ten are smooth-stalked meadow-grasses, including BECCA and DAKISHA, which are new to the list.
Scandinavian and French listings still to come
The Nordic SCANTURF trial results are still to come, as are the French GEVES listings. We're expecting good results on these influential reports. We'll update you later in the spring when they're published.