In 2019, the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program initiated a trial evaluating forage yield and quality of an array of cool season perennial grass species and varieties planted in monocultures. The grass species selected were Kentucky bluegrass, meadow brome, meadow fescue, orchardgrass, perennial ryegrass, and timothy. The 2020 growing season was the first full season after establishment for these stands. These stands will continue to be monitored over multiple years to evaluate yield, quality, survivability, pest resistance, persistence, and other characteristics that will help identify the most suitable forage species and varieties in our region over a variety of weather conditions.
Vermont, University of Vermont, Perennial, Grass, Perennial Grass
Darby, Heather; Ziegler, Sara; Davidson, Catherine; Krezinski, Ivy; and Malone, Rory, "2020 Perennial Grass Variety Trial" (2022). Northwest Crops & Soils Program. 439.