Bartasja is a new variety from Barenbrug breeding program in Romania. This variety is early heading, which makes it perfectly suitable for Eastern Europe and Russia. Bartasja utilizes the soil moistures from snow and ice optimally. This will give an excellent spring growth. In areas with a short and fast springtime, a highly productive variety like Bartasja is recommended.
Barenbrug Research in Romania has several trial locations where there is severe summer drought. Periods of two till three months without rain are very common. This makes such locations excellent for selecting the best grass varieties for drought tolerance. Among the ryegrasses, Bartasja proved to be outperforming the common types. Though it is not cocksfoot or tall fescue, this variety shows to be adapted to the real continental climate.
From the past, tetraploid ryegrass wasn’t too good surviving severe winters compared to diploid types. However, intensive breeding and selection has changed this situation. The new generation of tetraploids are showing better winterhardiness than before. For this reason Barenbrug recommends to use new tetraploid varieties, like Bartasja, into grass seed mixtures for areas with cold winters.