If teff grass seed is broadcast or drilled in narrow rows, the crop shows potential for improving summer forage production in Virginia, and may also be an alternative grain crop.

That’s according to Virginia State University researchers, who broadcast five varieties of the warm-season annual or drilled them in 6” and 12” rows. The teff grass varieties were Virginia Tech ivory, Virginia Tech brown, Quality Grass white, Quality Grass brown and Ethiopia brown.

First-cutting forage yield was highest for Virginia Tech brown and lowest for Ethiopia brown drilled in 12” rows, they report. Total yield was highest for the two Virginia Tech varieties and Quality Grass white when they were broadcast or drilled in 6” rows. In plot sections that weren’t harvested for forage, Virginia Tech brown in that row spacing had the highest seed yield.

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