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November 4, 2014

It’s that time again – when representatives of the grass seed industry convene in Kansas City for the annual Western Seed Association conference.  We love the WSA for a number of reasons: we make new friends and catch up with old ones; we learn about potential legislation and regulations that might affect us; we listen to market analyses and predictions; and best of all, we introduce and match our new turf, forage and cover crop solutions with the needs of our many customers there. In fact, we’ll be bringing examples of nearly all of our products to the WSA, so we invite you to give us a call and make an appointment to see how we can meet your “growing concerns.” 

If you’re not able to make the show, give us a call and we’ll tell you all about it!

Your friends at Grassland Oregon


 

Solution Spotlight

For deep green sports fields and home lawns all summer, our new Memphis (GO-DFR) tall fescue begins in the spring with rapid establishment to crowd out competition. Ideal for areas with traffic and/or pets, Memphis is generating enthusiasm throughout the Southeast, in particular, where its heat, shade and drought tolerance have contributed to its strong performance.

Contact us to learn more.


FIXatioN Nominated for No-Till Product of the Year

Impressed by its ability to prevent soil compaction an d erosion, No-Till Farmer has no minated our new FIXatioN Balansa clover for its Product of the Year award. This program recognizes top performing products in 13 categories that improve soil productivity. We’re t hrilled with this nomination and the feedback we’ve been getting from test sites across the country, like this:

“Perennial Ryegrass on the hillsides have a hard time doing much, but the areas where FIXatioN had been used the ryegrass was vibrant green, lush and beautiful! As far as I’m concerned this is a complete game-changer.” Jon Bansen, Double J Jerseys, Monmouth OR

Please vote for FIXatioN as No-Till Product of the Year Now.  (You may win a No-Till Farmer t-shirt!) Balloting ends on November 8th.  

Thank you!

 
  News You Can Use

The Science of Soil Health

Lights, Camera. Turf

Reduce Nitrate Pollution

6 Factors to Evaluate Forage

 
 

Look Who’s on the Cover! 


Check out the latest edition of Seed World magazine. Our co-founder Risa DeMasi is on the cover and quoted in a story about the growing number of women leaders in agriculture.


Staff Spotlight

Duane Klundt

Grassland Oregon’s Duane Klundt looks for quality and dependability in both products and people. He focuses on the long game; evaluating products not only on performance, but also on the long-term benefits they provide to users.




Events

Nov 6-11  Western Seed Association 

Dec 8-12 ASTA CSS Conference
   

Trade Secrets

Turf

Now’s the time for adding nutrients and fertilizer and removing leaves. Turf converts fertilizer into food reserves and loads up its root system so it’s ready, willing and able to get a quick (and healthy) start for growing grass in the spring. But a build-up of fall leaves can smother a lawn, preventing sunlight from reaching the grass and increasing the chances of lawn disease. Removing them allows your lawn to breathe and receive proper sunlight. 


Forage

Before unpredictable winter weather rolls in, we suggest creating a checklist for evaluating and preparing pastures: test your soil (this provides a snapshot in metrics for measuring long term benefits); control weeds (don’t allow them a foothold in your field); apply fertilizer (this can provide a reserve for plants to utilize as spring approaches); overseed bare spots (if there’s time prior to first frost for germination and establishment); and finally, assess any deferred maintenance. Knock these things off your list and then you’ll have time to plan what you’ll do with all the added forage you’ll be harvesting!


Cover Crop

The window has now closed in most of the country for planting fall cover crops, so now is a great time to start considering next year’s plan. Here are a few suggestions: 1. When spring arrives and before you plant the next crop, pull a sample. This creates a snapshot and helps with measuring long- term benefits. 2. Speaking of snapshots, use your cell phone as you walk your fields so you can visually compare from season to season and year to year. 3. Take time to research and understand new breakthroughs in cover crop species – you can never have too many tools at your disposal. And 4. Make an appointment with your local extension or NRCS specialist to learn about the latest programs and how you might qualify for funds that reward you for the great practices you’re putting in place on your property!  


 
   
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