The Barenbrug BAR Range for 2013 features new and improved mixtures, and top-performing cultivars.
Full details of the latest launches and developments are all packed into the newly available BAR Range 2013 sports and amenity grass seed catalogue. But here are the highlights of the new line-up:
Barenbrug has also, of course, enhanced its existing mixtures with the latest top-performing cultivars – many of which feature in the STRI/BSPB Turfgrass Seed 2013 guide, thanks to their impressive performance.
New to BAR 7 RPR for 2013 is Barorlando. This is a ‘standard’ perennial ryegrass in the sense that it does not have creeping properties… But can you describe gaining the number one spot on Table S1 for a sports grass as ‘standard’?! Incredibly, it scores highest on S1 for live ground cover, visual merit and shoot density, plus has the joint highest visual merit score of any grass for any use in theUK! Barenbrug has added 25 percent Barorlando to BAR 7 RPR also on the strength of its superb tolerance to Leaf Spot and its vibrant mid-green colour.
Likewise, BAR Fescue has been newly enhanced with Barlineus. Though listed as a new cultivar on Table G2, Barlineus could claim the title of the highest ranked cultivar across all grass species in theUK, thanks to its impressive Turfgrass Seed guide mean score of 8.7. It is also the top-performing Chewings fescue for red thread disease resistance (jointly with another Barenbrug-bred cultivar, Barswing), and benefits golf and bowling greens favourite BAR 2 as well.
Other noteworthy cultivars impressing in the guide 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. Then there’s Barsignum, also featured in BAR Extreme, which ranks second on Table L1 and has the joint highest visual merit score of 8.5 (with Barorlando) for any grass across all species in the UK. Relative newcomer Viktorka also takes the number-one spot on L4, with Barenbrug dominating four of the five top spots on that table.
Commenting on the launch of the BAR Range 2013, amenity research and development manager Dr David Greenshields says: “What a fantastic line-up of new and improved products, and top-ranked cultivars! These are the fruition of another busy year of applied research, development and breeding, and promise to help turf professionals get the very best from their new construction and overseeding projects. What’s more, this year we’ve included an ‘Insights’ section in the catalogue for the first time to help customers better understand this development process, and the features and benefits of our mixtures. Together with the practical advice, the catalogue is an invaluable resource.”
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