Evaluating Marshall Ryegrass

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2004: $1,699.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Region: Northeast
State: West Virginia
Project Leader:


  • Agronomic: general hay and forage crops, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Animals: bovine


  • Animal Production: winter forage, feed/forage
  • Crop Production: no-till
  • Education and Training: on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, feasibility study
  • Natural Resources/Environment: hedges - grass
  • Pest Management: soil solarization
  • Sustainable Communities: urban agriculture, analysis of personal/family life

    Proposal summary:

    Livestock producers in harsh-climate areas of the Northeast need a forage that is hardy enough to survive and provide adequate nutrition through the winter. This project will investigate the use of Marshall ryegrass as a forage to determine if it will improve hay quality and quantity, and to see if fall regrowth will be adequate to extend the grazing season and reduce hay consumption.

    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.