Mediterranean grasses good option for perennial pastures

Mediterranean grasses good option for perennial pastures

Grass ecotypes possess summer dormancy trait that lets them survive for six months without precipitation in extreme heat.

The past El Nino autumn and winter offered a good opportunity to establish pastures of summer-dormant tall fescue in Texas and Oklahoma, according to Dr. Dariusz Malinowski, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research forage agronomist and plant breeder.

"A number of producers inquired about the availability of summer-dormant tall fescue seed last summer, and these producers had luck with stand establishment last autumn," Malinowski said. "The first growing season is the most critical to est

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