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Chris and Rick Alexander with microclover lawn

Microclover Lawn Gets Great Reviews

Is it time to get rid of your lawn and try something different? It might be hard to imagine what you would have instead of a lawn but there are all sorts of creative alternatives. In West Vancouver, for instance, Chris and Rick Alexander have a lawn of white microclover. [Click here for original article]


Crop Report - November, 2015

There will be few fond memories of the 2015 harvest from Oregon's seed producers. An extremely early and unusually hot summer following a very mild and dry winter resulted in the poorest harvest in years. With only minor exceptions, each of the state's seed crops were well below average by 15-20%.

Annual Ryegrass & Forage ryegrasses: Yields down 15-20%. (Most fields off somewhat, few average, more fields very poor.)

Turf tall fescue: Yields highly variable, many fields below 50% of normal. Overall down 15-20%.

Forage tall fescue: Has held to 30% below normal. (Includes Fawn and K-31)

Fine fescue: Generally weak. 20% below normal. Creeping red worse than Chewings.

Kentucky bluegrass: Very poor. Yields worse than originally thought. 30%-60% below normal depending on type and area.

Perennial ryegrass: Yields vary variable. Many problems with light seed and high inert. Generally 15-20% below normal. Annual bluegrass not as bad a problem as feared.

Bentgrass: All harvested. Initial yields closer to average than originally thought. Clean-out rates still an unknown and will not be known until this winter when the bulk of the crop is cleaned.

Orchardgrass: Early fields off by 10-15%. Others near average. Generally 10% below average.

Crimson clover: Yields were average to good on relatively high acres.

White clover: Yields highly variable. Generally expected to be near average but this crop is difficult to predict before it goes through the cleaner.

Red clover: Yields have been weak and seed is smaller than average. Down 15%.

Yield and production concerns continue for the upcoming 2016 crop. The drought extended into the fall inhibiting post-harvest recovery and "green-up." This limits next year's yield potential-especially for dryland fields. Additionally, potential continuation of the same problems is being forecast by some. A very large El Niño has formed in the Pacific Ocean. This usually portends a warm and dry winter for the Pacific Northwest. Willamette Valley growers continue to look to other crops to spread the risks. Wheat continues to be a significant acreage on most farms and long-term crops such as blueberries and hazelnuts continue to take ground from seed production.

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