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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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