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Selecting A Grass Seed Crop

 Crop 

 Ease of establishment 

 Years of  Production

 Ease of Production

Salinity Tolerance

 Drought Tolerance

 Moisture Requirement

 Flooding Tolerance

Kentucky BluegrassPoa Pratense

difficult

4 – 5

6

Poor

Very poor

Very High

Excellent

Creeping Red Fescue – Festuca rubra rubra

Moderate - easy

2 – 3

5

Moderate

Moderate

High

Good

Slender creeping fescue Festuca rubra trichophylla

moderate

1 – biennial

7

Excellent

Moderate

High

Good

Chewings fescue Festuca rubra commutata

moderate

2 – 3

4

Moderate

Good

Moderate

Good

Sheeps fescue Festuca ovena tenuifolia

Difficult

2 – 3

5

Poor

Good

Moderate

Good

Hard Fescue Festuca ovina duriuscula

Difficult

2 – 3

5

Poor

Good

Moderate

Good

Tall Fescue Festuca arundinacea

Easy

3 – 4

2

Good

Good

Moderate

Good

Annual Ryegrass – Westerwolds Lollium Multiflorum westerwoldicum

Easy

1 – annual

1

Moderate

Poor

High

Good

Itallian Ryegrass Lollium Multiflorum

Easy

1 – 2

2

Moderate

Poor

High

Good

Perennial ryegrass Lollium Perenne

Easy

2 – 3

3

Moderate

Poor

High

Poor

Timothy Phleum pratense

Easy

4 – 5

3

Poor

Poor

High

Very good

Meadow bromegrass Bromus riparius

Easy

4 – 5

3

Moderate

Moderate

Moderate

Very good

Smooth bromegrass Bromus inermus

Easy

4 – 5

3

Moderate

Good

Moderate

Good

Reed Canarygrass Phalaris Arundinacea

Moderate

4 – 5

5

Poor

Poor

High

Excellent

Orchardgrass – Cocksfoot Dactylis Glomerata

Easy

3 – 4

3

Poor

Moderate

Moderate

Good

Alfalfa – Lucerne Medicago sativa

Easy

4 – 5

6

Poor

Moderate

Moderate

Poor

Birdsfoot trefoil Lotus corniculatis

Moderate

3 – 5

7

Poor

Moderate

Moderate

Poor

Red Clover Trifolium pratense

Easy

1 – 2

4

Poor

Poor

Moderate

Poor

Alsike cloverTrifolium hybridum

Easy

2

4

Poor

Poor

Moderate

Poor

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