When it comes to finding the right product for your turf needs, it is important to look for qualities that address your specific climate, environment, use, and soil type. There is one quality, however, that must remain consistent no matter what the application is; your turf must be dependable.
Turf is susceptible to an array of diseases such as rust, dollar spot, and pythium blight. Diseases like these can destroy an entire lawn. An excellent turf will not only be resistant to such diseases, it will have a quick recovery from wear and injury.
At Grassland Oregon, we search internationally for the best turf genetics. We then vigorously test our turf to make sure we deliver only the best to our customers: turf that will provide them a lead in the market, ahead of their competitors.
Quality forages are an integral part of a profitable livestock operation; from planting to harvesting and grazing to healthier animals. We understand the importance of a productive and flourishing forage stand, no matter the climate or soil type.
For this reason, Grassland Oregon has worked on improving forages through broad breeding programs. By thinking outside the box, we strive to develop that unique piece that will complete your puzzle. We are constantly selecting for varieties that include such traits as high nutrient density and yield, palatability, drought tolerance, persistence, adaptability, low maintenance, and tolerance to low fertility soils. Each variety is created according to the needs of our customers and carefully fits into the bigger picture.
COVER CROPS FOR THE FUTURE
The adoption of cover crops is steadily increasing throughout the United States. Many industry experts see cover cropping as the way of the future. Conservationists point to cover crops as a necessary evolution in protecting soil and improving water quality. Leaving the soil undisturbed and keeping plant life growing for as many days out of the year as possible restores the natural cycles of the soil. Residue and roots create organic material in the soil, which serves as food to soil organisms. These organisms increase biological processes, which facilitate nutrient recycling and decrease nutrient loss caused by runoff.
Grassland Oregon, along with our global network of breeders and leading university researchers, are providing novel solutions for today's growing concerns. We are bringing new species and varieties to the forefront, along with the information and education you need to position yourself as a leader in your field--today, tomorrow, and for decades to come.
SCOURING THE WORLD FOR THE BEST IN SEED GENETICS
Grassland Oregon inc. functions as a breeder, producer, and provider of a wide range of seed products and knowledge. While we develop many of our product lines in house, we also access some of the finest research and development programs around the world. On our farm we evaluate more than 4,000 unique lines of multiple species annually. Many of these species have never been commercialized.
We also test our varieties in diverse climates around the world. We've partnered with firms in Australia, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, and other nations so we can provide you with the best solutions the world has to offer. At Grassland Oregon, we promise we will continue to search the world over to provide you Novel Solutions for Growing Concerns.
BRIDGING THE GAP
At Grassland Oregon, we are experts and researchers who take education seriously. It is our goal to bridge the gap between farmers, distributors, students, and policy-makers. We take every opportunity to build relationships with distributors by taking trips to our Iowa research farm, providing up-to-date tech sheets, and by sharing webinars and blogs. Just as we are confident about our products, we want you to be confident in your knowledge of turf, forage, and cover crops. Browse through our media to learn more.
WHY DO BUSINESS WITH US?Grassland Oregon can be your resource for information, education, and advocacy. Our focus and resolve is set squarely on Cover Crop, Forage and Turf improvement. These improvements are developed to meet the unique and specific challenges you face as you steward your precious resources. Our management team each have close to 30 years of experience in the seed industry. In addition, each one of us has a particular strength, whether it is in breeding, technology, production, legislative policy, education, marketing etc.Based on this information you might think we were a large corporation with many layers of bureaucracy. Grassland Oregon is made up of folks just like you. We are independently owned and operated with strong ties to our local, national, and global communities, and a deep commitment to providing novel solutions to your growing concerns.
Crop-damaging nematodes and soil-borne pests can be controlled by the proper use of specific cover crops.
The natural biochemicals exuded from certain varieties suppress the growth of nematodes by inducing the eggs to hatch prematurely without a suitable food source. This causes them to starve and interrupts the reproductive cycle.
Biofumigation, which occurs when certain varieties release high levels of glucosinates into the soil, can also mitigate soil-borne pests.
Water infiltration is improved with the use of cover crops. When a field lays fallow for a period of time, the surface tends to seal, and water will run off. Cover crops protect the soil's surface, reduce sealing, and can improve drainage of wet soils. Organic matter added by cover crops can hold moisture in the soil profile for use by the following crop.
A dense stand of the right cover crops can suppress weeds by soil shading. Some species also have allelopathic qualities, which naturally inhibit weed growth. Allelopathy refers to the beneficial (or harmful) effects of one plant on another plant, both crop and weed species, through the release of chemicals from plant parts (by leaching).
Beneficial insects such as lady bugs, ground beetles, and pollinators are natural predators of harmful insects. Planting certain cover crops will attract these helpful insects, thereby lessening the need for costly insecticides.
Read more about how cover crops can help end pollinator decline.
Cover crops can feed not only organisms below ground but also those above ground - your livestock. Double up on the benefits by planting crops like annual ryegrass, balansa clover, nematode control radish, daikon radish, crimson clover, or medium red clover.
The prevention of land degradation by wind and water erosion is an important function of cover crops. Holding soil in place in order to capture and retain moisture from rainfall is one of the first steps in improving its health and productivity.
Legumes can add substantial amounts of available nitrogen to the soil. Non-legumes can be used to take up excess nitrogen from previous crops, as well as phosphorus and potassium, making it available to the following crop. Beneficial organisms in the soil, such as earthworms and microbes, thrive when fresh plant material is decomposing. Organic matter levels can greatly improve with the addition of cover crops.
Often, cover crops are planted toward the end of the growing season. For this reason, cover crop species that establish quickly and accumulate biomass in a short period of time are essential to achieve the goals you have for your cover crop.
Compaction occurs when soil volume is reduced. Compacted soil is dense and has low porosity. Cover Crops with deep, fibrous, or tap-root systems help alleviate compaction by creating root channels and breaking up dense soil and hard pan.
Nutrients left behind by cash crops are at risk of being washed away or purged through the soil strata below the reach of subsequent crops. Some cover crops are ideally suited to sequester these nutrients, preventing them from being lost. These valuable nutrients are released back into the soil for the next crop.