GRASSLAND BLOG

The Search for a Winter-Hardy and Economical Forage Solution

Thursday, August 28, 2014

No one has forgotten last year’s polar vortex, least of all the farmers and ranchers who weathered it. We couldn’t have predicted the brutally low temperatures that much of the US experienced this past winter, but it was in anticipation of conditions like these that we tried to breed a forage variety that would be hardy and resilient enough to survive them. If one believes the weather predictions for the coming winter, it seems we succeeded just in time.  Our FIXatioN Balansa clover has a rosette growth habit that hugs the ground helping it to withstand below-freezing temperatures. Even after a harsh winter, Balansa clover will aggressively produce forage in the spring, providing a plentiful source of high crude protein for deer (which means bigger racks!) and waterfowl.   Read More

FIXatioN Balansa Clover: The Cover Crop and Forage that’s Exceeding Expectations

Friday, August 08, 2014

In extensive trials, this cool-season, nitrogen-fixing annual legume has raised eyebrows, surviving brutally cold winters, tolerating a variety of soil conditions, and performing well in mixes. Trials and initial feedback on FIXatioN balansa clover (Trifolium michelianum) have us excited about its potential to be a game changer—both for cover crops and forage.  Read More

A Decade of Research Yields Next Generation Forage and Cover Crop

Friday, July 25, 2014

Most American farmers have never laid eyes on Balansa clover—a high nitrogen fixing cover crop and high protein forage that is a native to the Mediterranean region and popular Down Under—but with our new cold-hardy variety called FIXatioN debuting this month in North America, that may soon change.  Read More

What Survived Our Rigorous Richland Research?

Thursday, May 01, 2014

 Following one of the hottest, driest summers in 50 years, the GO-Richland, IA Research Farm experienced one of the 10 coldest winters in recorded history.  Miserable weather for those of us who chose to live here but perfect weather for turf and forage research.  The varieties that survived the past 12 months are definitely tolerant of heat, drought and bitter cold.  Last summer we had 12 days over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (countless in the 90’s) and just over 2 inches of rain from June thru September.  The winter that followed was just as brutal with our first killing frost in late October and many nights of -20 degrees Fahrenheit and no snow cover.   Read More

Renovating Your Pastures and Hay Crops

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while. So with the changing weather there is concern that from this winter’s deep freeze and last summer's drought, there will be damage to the pastures and hayfields this spring.  Read More


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