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.
Grassland Oregon: Sustainable solutions for growing concerns.
Grassland Oregon is consistently researching new species of turf, forage, and cover crops to promote soil health and to fortify ecosystems within the soil. In the United States, topsoil is eroding at an alarming rate, chemicals and nutrients are leaching into waterways, and natural pollinators are declining in number. But, we can limit damage to our natural resources by using sustainable practices such as planting turf, forage, and cover crops. Click below for more information about how Grassland Oregon uses research and innovation for sustainable practices and products.
Farmers are facing multiple challenges in nutrient management, especially building nitrogen in the soil. The application of nitrogen in the form of fertilizers on the surface of a field can foster leaching into waterways from excess applications or from undesired weather events. Not only does leaching have a negative effect on our environment, it means the applied nitrogen is not available in the soil for crops and microbes to utilize. Nitrogen leaching creates a financial burden for farmers; as input costs continue to increase, farmers need to ensure that inputs are effectively and properly absorbed into the soil.
Our FIXatioN balansa clover creates nitrogen through the use of nodules which form around symbiotic good bacteria, Rhizobiums, throughout the root system. Rhizobiums break down nitrogen naturally to promote water purification in the soil. The nitrogen then stays in the soil once the clover decomposes. FIXatioN balansa clover has been known to fix over 100 units of nitrogen per acre. Overall, cover crops help to promote soil sustainability, fix nitrogen and decrease harmful runoff into oceans, lakes and rivers.
Soil compaction occurs when heavy agriculture equipment rolls over soft soil and decreases pore space. With smaller pores in the soil, water and air cannot penetrate into the ground. However, by using turf, forage or cover crops to break up compaction, an ecosystem with healthy micro-organisms and natural resources can flourish. Grassland Oregon bred the impressive Driller daikon radish to break up compaction in the soil to benefit your crops.
Below the soil there are many micro organisms that can either help or hinder farmers. For example, beneficial nematodes dispose of unwanted insects in the soil, while harmful nematodes burrow into or eat the roots and stems of plants. Our nematode control radishes: Image and Carwoodi can dispose of the unhealthy nematodes in the soil by drawing them into the radish and essentially starving the nematodes.
Since the 1950s, the United States has witnessed a loss of pollinators. Pollinator populations such as honey bees have declined due to the loss of their natural habitat and food sources, mites, and bottlenecked genetic diversity. Monarch populations reached an all-time low in the winter migration of 2014-2015. What if we could help provide pollinators with a vital resources while reaping the pollination benefits for farmers? Grassland Oregon’s cover crops such as FIXatioN balansa clover, buckwheat, phacelia, and Frosty berseem clover can all be used for honey production. Cover crops offer bees a food source and habitat, while farmers receive all of the additional monetary and environmental benefits.
Some species such as SucraSeed High Sugar Grasses (HSGs) and the FIXatioN balansa and Frosty berseem clovers build an ecosystem for wildlife and encourage foraging. Grassland Oregon has the only documented High Sugar Grasses (HSGs) in the United States, which are included in our SucraSeed line. By building a healthy habitat, our wildlife forage products naturally attract animals such as turkeys, pheasants, quail, deer, and elk.
Helping you grow local forage for local cows is just one way Grassland Oregon supports sustainable agriculture. Delivering out of state feed to cattle requires additional costs for processing, packaging and transportation. Foraging your cattle on your land can cut back on transportation costs and reduce carbon emissions. Additionally, when cattle or cows are fed in a barn, their fecal matter builds indoors. If your cattle forage in your pasture, the nutrient cycle continues—soil and sunlight provide nutrients to your forage crops, the cows receive the nutrients, and upon excretion, the nutrients return to the soil as manure. Grassland Oregon’s new Frosty berseem clover is great for forage; this non-bloating clover can increase dry matter yields by 25% when mixed with alfalfa.
Farmers face water challenges based on location. If water doesn’t penetrate correctly into the soil, farmers can face flooding or runoff. Turf, forage and cover crops contribute to ground water penetration and purification. Cover crops maintain water in the soil so the ground stays cool and damp and ready for cash crop growth. Runoff hastens erosion and can bring harmful chemicals to natural waterways. Turf helps to purify the soil by filtering out chemicals and pollutants. Forages and cover crops dig deep channels into the soil, thereby returning water to underground aquifers instead of creating runoff to oceans, lakes, and rivers.
It can take over 500 years for the earth to naturally create an inch of topsoil, but in the United States we are losing topsoil 10 times faster than it can be replaced naturally. Each year over 1 billion tons of top soil erosion occurs in America’s heartland, that’s enough to fill the Rose Bowl. Additionally, in the US, over 750 million tons of topsoil are lost from wind erosion each year. Erosion caused by water runoff can be equally as detrimental by transporting chemicals and soil into our waterways. Root growth increases soil stability and soil coverage. Cover crops can protect against erosion by covering the soil with foliage and stabilizing the soil with roots during the counter-cycle or fallow time between cash crop production seasons.
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