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Grass Adaption

Cool Season - Tolerance:

Annual Seedling Vigor Soil Acidity Poor Drainage Drought Grazing
Ryegrass G G E F E
Oats E F F F G
Rye E E F F G
Wheat E P P F G  

Perennial Seedling Vigor Soil Acidity Poor Drainage Drought Grazing
Orchardgrass F F F F G
Reed Canarygrass F g E g F
Tall Fescue E+ G G G G E
Tall Fescue E- F G G F F

 

Warm Season - Tolerance:

Annual Seedling Vigor Soil Acidity Poor Drainage Drought Grazing
Corn E F P P P
Crabgrass G G P F E
Pearl Millet E E P E F
Forage Sorghum G P P E F
Sorghum-Sudan E P F G F

Perennial Seedling Vigor Soil Acidity Poor Drainage Drought Grazing
Bahiagrass P E G E E
Bermudagrass F E P E E
Dallisgrass P F E G G
Johnsongrass G F E G P
Switchgrass P F F E P

E = Excellent
G = Good
F = Fair
P = Poor
E+ = Endophyte-Infected
E- = Endophyte-free


Source: From PPI, Forage Pocket Guide, 2004. Developed by D. M. Ball, C. S. Hoveland, and Gary Lacefield

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Filed Under: Insects-Forage Pests, Management - Forages, Insects-Home Lawns, Insects-Pests August 11, 2021

Lawns, pastures and even winter food plots are at risk as an insect army advances across much of the state in higher than normal numbers. Blake Layton, entomologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said fall armyworms are the most damaging insect pests of bermudagrass hayfields and pastures

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Filed Under: Grasses, Insects-Forage Pests, Management - Forages August 1, 2019

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Rocky Lemus, forage and grazing specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said hay harvest is about 5% behind where it was this time last year.

Filed Under: Forages, Management - Forages, Weed Control for Forages March 12, 2018

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Forages, Grasses, Management - Forages, Natural Resources, Environment February 2, 2018

RAYMOND, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service recently received a national award from Keep America Beautiful for its role in the Wildflower Trails of Mississippi Project.

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