Grassland Oregon co-founder Jerry Hall lives-eats-breathes plant breeding. He watches, studies, analyzes and agonizes over the obstacles and difficulties he sees on the horizon for farmers, ranchers, sports turf managers and consumers. The accuracy of his predictions is uncanny.
Grassland Oregon in the News
University of Kentucky Names Grassland Oregon Exclusive Marketer of “Kentucky Pride” Crimson Clover. Read more about this new winter hardy and late maturing clover.
Next Generation Cover Crop/Forage Variety Increases Cash Crop Yields and Livestock Mass. Grassland Oregon’s FIXatioN Balansa Clover featured in Capitol Press, Farm Show, AgriNews, High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal, Farm and Livestock Directory and AgWired.
Oct 8-13 Atlantic Seed Association
Oct 8-20 European Seed Association
Nov 6-11 Western Seed Association
A blue tag may indicate genetic purity, but did you know that you can have up to 0.3% weed and still get a blue tag? And did you know that if Poa annua is not a listed weed in your state you can have up to 45/lb. in a certified lot? Certification is not necessarily an indicator of seed quality. When you buy seed, make sure you review the seed analysis certificate. Does it have a noxious weed exam for your state on it? If a quality product is important to you, knowing the genetics and the quality of the lot are both essential.
Pay close attention to your pastures this winter. Prussic acid poisoning is a looming danger once frost appears and can be lethal. When plant cells are ruptured (i.e. frozen, wilted), cyanogenic glucosides occurring in them are converted to prussic acid. Many factors can contribute to lethal amounts in your forage such as plant growth stage, species, variety, soil type and obviously weather. Prussic acid is most commonly found in sorghums and sudan grasses.
Soil health check-up – When is the last time you or your customers conducted soil tests? This is one of the most reliable ways to measure the benefits of cover crop use. Quantifiable differences may be documented if before-and-after test are conducted.