Evaluating Italian Ryegrass for Summer Pasture in New England

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2001: $940.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $1,060.00
Region: Northeast
State: New Hampshire
Project Leader:


  • Animals: bovine, goats, sheep


  • Animal Production: grazing - multispecies, pasture renovation, grazing - rotational
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, networking, on-farm/ranch research, technical assistance
  • Farm Business Management: feasibility study
  • Production Systems: holistic management
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Dry summer periods affect grazing, and hay is expensive. The farmer will no-till Italian ryegrass, which grows under hot and dry conditions, and compare the results of different planting densities. Number of grazing days for each plot and animal preferences will also be recorded.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.