MSU Forage Variety Trial Plot Tour*

May 6, 2009


What grass should I plant with my alfalfa?  I have somewhat sandy soils; what forage species should I use?  Does it really matter which grass or legume varieties I buy?  Grass is grass, right?  No!  Just as with other crop and livestock species, there are tremendous differences between species and varieties in relative maturity, winter-hardiness, yield, forage quality, insect/disease resistance, drought resistance, persistence, and palatability.  Dont throw your money away by buying forage seed for varieties that are not right for your pasture/hay production system.  Join us as we examine experimental plots of: alfalfa, potato-leafhopper resistant alfalfa, falcate alfalfa, perennial ryegrass, orchardgrass, tall fescue, smooth brome, timothy, meadow brome, and festulolium varieties.



When:Wednesday, May 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Who:All producers interested in learning about the MSU Forage Variety Trials Meeting place:MSU Agronomy Farm, at the intersection of Beaumont Road and Mount Hope Road in East Lansing (48824) Cost:$10.00 per person, $5 for additional family members Dinner?  Yes, a light dinner will be served, and this is why we request pre-registration (RSVP)!

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*This program is a follow-up to the plot tour that was to be held on April 14 that was cancelled due to inclement weather.



Sponsored By the Ingham County MSU Extension and the MSU Forage Team





Daniel Hudson

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator Ingham County MSU Extension

121 E. Maple Street

P.O. Box 319

Mason, MI  48854


Office Phone: 517-676-7207 ext 7291



Vicki Morrone

Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist

Michigan State University

C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems

303 Natural Resources Bldg.

East Lansing, MI 48824


517-282-3557 (cell)

517-353-3834 (fax)

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