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December 17, 2015

A new year is just around the corner and as always, we have big plans. Discovering more economical and sustainable cover crop solutions is just one of the many. Keep an eye out for some of these novel products, becoming available in 2016. Here's to a warm holiday and a happy new year!

Your friends at Grassland Oregon


 
 

 

 

Solution Spotlight


Kentucky Pride crimson clover is intermediate in maturity, flowering much later than other varieties of crimson. It was selected for its unique cold tolerance and ability to produce much more forage than its competitors. Kentucky Pride is an excellent component for pollinator mixes; fixing nitrogen and suppressing weeds while providing quality forage for bees and other insects. Look for Kentucky Pride fall of 2016!

Have You Considered Dormant Seeding?

Now is a perfect time to think about dormant seeding your pastures with a legume. Dormant seed or frost seeding is accomplished by broadcasting seed across the frozen ground. The natural heaving of the soils in the winter works the seed into the soil. When temperatures warm up the seed will germinate and begin growing. In the past, the most prominent legume specie used in frost seeding was red clover. Recently Grassland Oregon introduced Frosty berseem clover and FIXatioN balansa clover, both of which can also be sown in this manner.


 
 
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Cover Crops No Longer
A Fad
 

It wasn’t so long ago that cover crops were considered a fad. Not ready to run ahead with a small crowd, most farmers took a wait-and-see approach. They watched neighbors plant radishes, grasses and oats after harvesting their cash crops with the hope of revitalizing soil, stopping erosion and loosening compacted soil.

CLICK HERE to listen to an AgInfo interview with our very own Jerry Hall on the synergistic relationship between alfalfa and berseem clover.

Staff Spotlight

Don Baune - Partner, Seed Sales for US and Canada

No stranger to the grass seed and legume industry, Don has spent six years as a field consultant and 21 years in sales and marketing – eight of them in the forage and native grass seed business in Idaho and Washington where he served on the Idaho Seed Board and was a member of the Idaho Seed Association and the Idaho Eastern Oregon Seed Association.


Events

Jan 10-15   AFGC Conference           
Jan 30 - Feb 3 ASTA Veg & Flower Conference 
   

Trade Secrets

Turf

Winter can be a very difficult time of year on turf grasses. Some things you should be mindful of if you have not done it yet.

  • Long grass can cause disease, and is at risk of damage from freezing and thawing conditions. Lower the height of your mower slightly the last couple of times you mow. 
  • It is extremely important to remove debris, leaves, or other objects off the lawn. These things can invite insects, mice and other damaging pests, or contribute to disease pressure.

The best way to be successful in the spring is to start with quality products. Products like Skye Kentucky Bluegrass, Tanzania and Patagonia Tall Fescue have exceptional winter color. So make sure that you care for your lawn in the winter to assure yourself the best possible start to Spring and use Grassland Oregon products to assure yourself beautiful turf year round.

Forage

FIXatioN Balansa Clover is an excellent choice for incorporating into pastures. FIXatioN has shown very good performance and features crude protein levels and digestibility that exceeds that of most other legumes. While FIXatioN is an annual clover, it is capable of re-seeding itself and thus being part of your pasture for years to come. FIXatioN thrives in heavy clay soils that can become waterlogged and offers the best performance of all clover species in acidic soils.

Cover Crop

Spring will be here before you know it, now is the best time to start thinking about frost seeding Dynamite medium red clover into your winter wheat crop. In most years, the ideal time is between mid-March and early-April. It’s important the snow melts prior to frost seeding as melting snow can cause the seed to move to lower areas of fields which results in poor stands. With the repeating freezing and thawing small cracks develop on the surface of the soil, allowing the seed to make good soil contact for germination when the soil temperatures warm up. Get your Dynamite seed now before it becomes a missed opportunity.

 

 
   
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