What has been said about growing Perennial Rye Grass seed applies to Italian Rye, though the latter has a far greater disposition to shell its seed and for this reason must not be cut too late.
Quality of seed:
The seed of Italian Rye Grass is similar to that of Meadow Fescue and very like that of Perennial Rye. It may readily be distinguished from the latter by its long, slender awn. It is also a trifle lighter in colour, and the shiny lustre, characteristic of the seed of Perennial Rye, is much less conspicuous. The weight of the seed varies, sixteen pounds per bushel being the average for good seed; it sometimes rises to twenty-four pounds per bushel.