Evaluating Marshall Ryegrass

Final Report for FNE04-526

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2004: $1,699.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Region: Northeast
State: West Virginia
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Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE04-526.

The purpose of the project was to determine if marshall ryegrass would increase the quantity and quality of the forage in the area. The ryegrass was no till seeded into existing forage after a second cutting of the hay was taken. The ryegrass was grazed in the fall and then left alone until the following year when a cutting of hay was harvested. The production and nutritional values were checked at different times throughout the project. The ryegrass produced 5663 pounds of dry matter per acre. The nutritional values were CP of 18.3 and TDN of 69 when the ryegrass was grazed. When it was harvested for hay the CP was 12.9 and TDN of 62.
I was pleased with the results I recieved from the test plot. I plan to plant the ryegrass again this year and see if the results are comparable to this years planting. I will then make a decision on whether or not to continue using marshall ryegrass.


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  • Bruce Skidmore


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