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October 6, 2014

It won’t be long before cold winds begin to blow…so better get that fall planting done! If this winter is anything like the last, you’ll be glad we’ve got you covered with our winter hardy turf, forage and cover crop solutions!  Read here about these -- and anything else that interests you – and let us know if you have any comments or questions.

Here’s to turning leaves, autumn harvests and winning football teams!

Your friends at Grassland Oregon


Solution Spotlight

For the growing concerns of those who experience highly volatile water conditions, Albion tetraploid perennial ryegrass offers excellent performance in drought and high humidity. While ryegrasses are not typically known for handling drought, Albion has shown notable success. Both summer and winter hardy, it produces plentiful, high-quality forage long after other grasses have wilted and gone dormant. 

  News You Can Use

TPI Gathers in Philadelphia

Avoiding the Fall Slump

Cover Crop Field Guide Expanded

Save Hundreds in Feed Costs


Staff Spotlight

Jerry Hall

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 

Trade Secrets


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.

Cover Crop

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.  


FIXatioN Passes the Soil Test

The first commercial seed producer of FIXatioN Balansa clover recently ran soil tests in 3 fields of his Willamette Valley seed production fields. The results were striking.

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