Annual ryegrass cultivars and small grain cultivars are evaluated each year at Overton, Texas for cold tolerance, disease incidence and seasonal forage yield. These trials are conducted in replicated, randomized complete block designs using current fertilizer and lime recommendations according to annual soil tests. These forage trials are conducted to help regional producers choose the best cultivars for their management systems and to assist seed companies in evaluation of experimental lines. Each single year of forage production data is highly dependent on weather conditions and should be viewed in that light. Three-year average forage production data should be used to make decisions regarding the suitability and yield potential of cultivars.
Contact: Dr. Gerald R. Smith (click for bio)