News From Grassland Oregon

Happy cows graze Beef Bank, part of the SucraSEED line of high sugar grasses.Balansa clover increases ADG of cattle and forage biomass in recent study


Preliminary results from a 2018 trial by Mississippi State University found cattle grazing wheat planted with balansa clover had a 0.82 pounds per day weight gain advantage and cost savings of $5.39 per acre (see charts), compared to annual ryegrass systems planted with balansa clover.


Risa Demasi - Who's at the Table - Seed World MagasineCrop and Market Predictions

July/August 2018

Each year Turf News invites suppliers to provide their input on the turfgrass seed and/or vegetative stock crop outlook based on: their assessment if the impact if weather conditions on crops to-date and on the anticipated impact if weather conditions predicted in their area; Trends they are seeing in their market; 1he production they are anticipating in terms if quality and quantity; And their assessment of anticipated pricing for those crops as: stable, higher or lower.


Nitrogen fixing clover rootsFrosty Berseem Clover for Deer


In a previous post, we featured berseem clover (Trifolium alexandrinum) as a potential food plot species. The problem with berseem clover in food plots, however, is it is highly susceptible to winter kill. Many food plotters have turned their backs on the species simply due to its low cold tolerance. However, “frosty” is a somewhat new variety of berseem that is much more cold tolerant than other varieties, such as bigbee. In fact, there are some reports that frosty can withstand temperatures in the single digits. If this holds true, it will be a game changer because deer absolutely relish berseem clover, plus it quickly produces a significant amount of forage.


Happy cows graze Beef Bank, part of the SucraSEED line of high sugar grasses.Tracy Tally, Risa DeMasi Talk Leadership


Lessons Learned in Leadership: As a continuation to the article that appeared in the June issue of Seed World, we sat down with Grassland Oregon’s Risa DeMasi and Justin Seed Co’s Tracy Tally get their take on the topic.


Risa Demasi - Who's at the Table - Seed World MagasineAn article from our 2018 GO In-Depth Cover Crop Event!

Cover Crops With VNS Aren’t Good Enough


Sometimes you get what you pay for, and one expert suggests variety not stated (VNS) seed in cover crops isn’t sufficient. Instead, Chris Reberg-Horton, associate professor and organic cropping specialist at North Carolina State University says you should invest in a cultivar that’s backed by research.

“We use it [VNS] as a check and it varies so much year over year,” Reberg-Horton says. With variability, you don’t know what to expect and a bad seed lot could leave you with a poor taste in your mouth for cover crops.


Nitrogen fixing clover rootsAn article from our 2018 GO In-Depth Cover Crop Event!

Understand Carbon to Nitrogen Ratios before Buying Cover Crop Seed


By now you’ve heard of the “carbon penalty” some producers face with residue and cover crops—but what does that really mean? And should it deter you from planting cover crops?

Experts say it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use cover crops—just know what you’re planting and its effect on soil. Nitrogen release—or tie up—is affected by many factors, according to Julia Gaskin, sustainable agriculture coordinator for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia.


Risa Demasi - Who's at the Table - Seed World MagasineCompany Profile- Grassland Oregon

Salem, OR-based company focuses on research and development of crops

When starting Grassland Oregon in 2000, the Salem, OR based company’s founders wanted to take an approach of listening to growers for what varieties of products they needed. Over the years, the approach has led to the development of various varieties of crops with a focus on clover, grass, and cover crops.


Nitrogen fixing clover rootsIncorporating clovers in rotational grazing


Livestock producers whose cattle rotationally graze permanent pasture or reseeded leys have the opportunity to cash in on the multiple benefits legumes have to offer by adding them to their forage systems, says Jerry Hall, director of research for Grassland Oregon.

“Legumes such as red and white clovers are a great high-protein nutrient source for sheep and cattle. They not only boost forage yield and quality, but their extensive root systems work to improve soil structure and nutrient filtration while nitrogen fixation increases pasture fertility,” Hall says.


View media archive

Contact Details:
Tel (503) 566-9900
Fax (503) 566-9901