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Turning Legume Cover Crops into Forage Applications


Whether producers are wanting to grow more homegrown feedstuff without increasing acreage, improve soil structure, add organic matter into the ground, increase soil fertility or all the above – cover crops are an effective and quick way to achieve their goals, says Jerry Hall, director of research for Grassland Oregon.


New Cold-Tolerant Clovers


When it comes to trying something new, it’s common for growers who rely on their forages to stick with what works. That’s understandable, given the demands for consistency, especially by dairy producers. Yet standing still is rarely a path to success on the farm.

Now, in spite of growing concerns surrounding climate change, one seed company is expanding its offering of cold-tolerant clover varieties in the U.S. and Canada.


Seed Specialist to Address Annual Soil and Water Meeting


Risa DeMasi, co-founder of Grassland Oregon and a Linn County native, will be the featured speaker at the 71st annual meeting of the Linn Soil & Water Conservation District, at 5 p.m. Dec. 12 at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.


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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