By Garett Heineck
Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) is an economically important amenity grass grown in many regions of the world for home lawns, sports fields, and golf courses. In fact, most turfgrass seed mixes contain at least 10% perennial ryegrass. To meet consumer demands there is a large seed production industry in northwest Minnesota that produces perennial ryegrass seed; this year approximately 50,000 acres have been planted.
By Florence Sessoms
Cool-season turfgrass seed production in Minnesota is localized in Roseau and Lake of the Woods counties in northern Minnesota. Perennial ryegrass is the primary turfgrass being produced for a total of 55,000 to 60,000 acres. Perennial ryegrass is intercropped with spring wheat to allow a better survival during the harsh winter months present up north.
By David R. Herrera
The University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science program has been developing and testing fine fescue varieties for low-maintenance turfgrass use in the Midwestern United States. Because of the relative underuse of fine fescue turfgrass due to costly seed and limited availability, we are currently investigating fine fescue turfgrass species seed yield performance to determine how growers might begin producing this valuable commodity right here in Minnesota.
By Garett C. Heineck
Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) is a common turfgrass used for home lawns, sports fields, and golf courses. To meet consumer demand, large quantities of certified seed must be produced, packaged, and shipped to retailers. The largest production state for grass seed is Oregon; however few people know that Minnesota is also a major producer of turfgrass seed. Perennial ryegrass seed production is an important component of the agricultural economy in northern Minnesota, encompassing over 30,000 acres.
by Garett Heineck
Graduate Research Assistant