New mixes and cultivars launched by Barenbrug

Barenbrug is targeting sports turf professionals with a brochure featuring new and improved mixtures and cultivars.

BAR Range 2013 sports and amenity grass seed catalogue includes details of the sports perennial ryegrass mixture BAR 7, enhanced last year with a new regenerating perennial ryegrass (RPR).

The fine-turf favourite now benefits from "the unique creeping growth habit" of cultivar Barclay II said a spokeswoman. "Extreme RPR provides the proven benefits of the original BAR Extreme dwarf perennial ryegrass blend," she added.

"Barclay II’s elongated tillers give superior establishment, recovery, wear tolerance and surface stability. It is particularly recommended for divotting or overseeding high-wear golf tees."  

The brochure includes a "new innovation" for 2013: BAR Salt & Drought harnesses a blend of perennial ryegrass and fine fescue species selected specifically for increased tolerance to salt and drought conditions.

"BAR Salt & Drought promises to be of great benefit to links courses, and other landscaping in coastal regions and/or affected by drought," said the company.

For golf courses looking to create a haven for native wildlife, there are three dedicated wildflower mixtures to choose from. Parkland, Heathland and Links Contain 100 percent UK-provenance perennial wildflower species.

Other cultivars include Bargold, featured in BAR Extreme and Extreme RPR, which is ranked number one on Table G4 and is one of Barenbrug’s best cultivars for Leaf Spot tolerance.

Amenity research and development manager Dr David Greenshields said: "These are the fruition of another busy year of applied research, development and breeding, and will help turf professionals get the best from new construction and overseeding."


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