Grassland Oregon Patents Cold Tolerant Balansa Clover
Grassland Oregon has received a U.S. patent for its FIXatioN Balansa clover, a deep rooting, high nitrogen output clover variety capable of withstanding sub-freezing temperatures at minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit with zero snow cover.
“Most regions in the country experience sub-freezing temperatures. Existing annual clover varieties were limited in the range in which they could be utilized on a consistent basis,” says Jerry Hall, Grassland Oregon director of research.
Water Policies Heat Up Cities
Native landscapes and lawn alternatives are found in homes and parks from coast to coast, but what do cities lose with the loss of grass?
During the past few years, there have been outcries from policymakers and local officials to reduce the amount of natural turf and grass within cities. In particular, Governor Edmund Brown Jr. heard these cries in Southern California in 2015. When hit with a drought that seemed never-ending, the fastest solution was to cut out one of the biggest problems: grass. In January 2017, he declared a state of emergency in Southern California due to the state’s driest year recorded in history.
September to Remain Cool, Dry
The following is from Eric Anderson, Michigan State University Extension Southwest field crops educator.
According to the September NOAA monthly climate outlook, cooler temperatures from August are carrying over to September. This will slow crop develoment even further, which may be important particularly for fields that were already one to two weeks behind. We will need at least a near average (or later) freeze date for corn in order for the crop to finish out.
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