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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Heathcliffe Riday

Research Geneticist
US Dairy Forage Research Center
USDA-Agricultural Research Service

BS, Conservation Biology, Brigham Young University
MS, Agronomy-Plant Breeding, Iowa State University
PhD, Agronomy-Plant Breeding, Iowa State University
Phone: (608) 890-0077
Fax: (608) 890-0076

Current Research
? Designing forage plants with enhanced value for dairy production, profitability, and sustainability.
? Breeding and genetics of forage legumes for dairy production use in hay, silage, and grazed pasture systems.
? Traits of interest: biomass yield, forage quality, persistence, grazing tolerance, competitiveness in grass-legume mixtures, seedling vigor, frost-seeded establishment, mixed sward species composition changes over time, and heterosis of synthetic based hybrids.
? Breeding work in the following forage legumes: red clover (Trifolium pratense), birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), kura clover (Trifolium ambiguum), falcata(Medicago sativa subsp. falcata), hyacinth bean (Lablab purpureus), hairy vetch(Vicia villosa), and some native North American perennial legumes.

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Last Modified: 8/13/2016
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