Final Report for FNE93-021
Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE93-021.
Significantly more chicory appeared the second year, so that much more of the original seeding area was judged to have produced a satisfactory germination.
Grazing results in 1994 reconfirmed the high palatability of Puna chicory. It was among the forage species more preferred by our sheep, along with trefoil, plantain and dandelion, but offered more forage per plant than any of these.
Intensive rotations throughout the season appeared not to hurt the chicory in its first year, some of the best strands in the second year were in pastures heavily grazed the first year.
A final judgment as to whether puna chicory can join the ranks of true perennial forages in this northern climate will require much longer observation under a variety of grazing management.