Utilizing Warm-Season Grasses in Forage Production in a Changing Climate

Project Overview

FNC07-664
Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2007: $5,700.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Coordinator:

Commodities

  • Agronomic: grass (misc. annual), grass (misc. perennial), grass (turfgrass, sod)

Practices

  • Animal Production: feed/forage

    Summary:

    500 acres total, 496.5 acres actually. Rents ground. Strictly grows hay, mostly for horses. That’s what it started out to be. Hayseed came out of Canada. 30 % to 40 % alfalfa and orchard grass, meadow brome, and express timothy (a finer stemmed and heavier grained timothy with smaller head than regular timothy). 4 kinds of alfalfa that are very winter hardy.

    Project objectives:

    I would like to try something like this again but not the warm-season grasses, they just won’t produce here. They would probably do well in Nebraska or the most southern Michigan area.

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