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Agricultural Research Service

Title: 1996-97 Performance of Forage Crop Varieties in Mississippi

Authors
item Edwards, N - MISS STATE UNIVERSITY
item Burdine, W - MISS STATE UNIVERSITY
item Elmore, R - MISS STATE UNIVERSITY
item Hovermale, C - MISS STATE UNIVERSITY
item Ingram, D - MISS STATE UNIVERSITY
item Ivy, R - MISS STATE UNIVERSITY
item Johnson, B - MISS STATE UNIVERSITY
item Lang, D - MISS STATE UNIVERSITY
item Pederson, Gary

Submitted to: Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Technical Bulletin
Publication Type: Experiment Station
Publication Acceptance Date: October 5, 1997
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Forage crops are grown throughout the southeastern USA for animal utilization by grazing or hay production. Information on the yields of new varieties or experimentals is often difficult to obtain on the numerous different forages that may be grown in this region. New, improved, and standard varieties of forage crops are evaluated in small plot trials in Mississippi each year. This report is a summary of the yields in 1996-97 of annual ryegrass, tall fescue, orchardgrass, tall oat grass, prairie bromegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, white clover, alfalfa, sericea lespedeza, bahia grass, and bermudagrass varieties and experimentals. Results are given on these forages from a number of different locations in Mississippi giving farmers the opportunity to determine how these forages may perform in their location.

Technical Abstract: New, improved, and standard varieties of forage crops are evaluated in small plot trials in Mississippi each year. This report is a summary of the yields in 1996-97 of annual ryegrass, tall fescue, orchardgrass, tall oat grass, prairie bromegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, white clover, alfalfa, sericea lespedeza, bahia grass, and bermudagrass varieties and experimentals. The data were reported in pounds of dry forage per acre per harvest and a season total. A randomized complete block design with three to four replications, depending on location, was used. These data were analyzed within locations and within harvest dates. Number of harvests during the season varied by location because of different planting dates and growing conditions. Data from these different trials and locations will enable producers to select the appropriate species and cultivars for their particular environment and situation.

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