Seed production

True armyworm moth trapping project in Roseau County

By Dave Grafstrom

In 2020, a widespread outbreak of true armyworm (Mythimna unipuncta), and the subsequent feeding, caused significant damage to perennial ryegrass seed fields in northwest Minnesota. Reported ryegrass seed yield losses ranged from 0 to over 80%. The most severe damage occurred over the July 4th weekend. The majority of the perennial ryegrass fields were sprayed once or twice for armyworms.

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 13:12


New research publications from our team - 11/08/21

Learn more about our research! Three research articles from our group have been published in the September/October 2021 issue of Crop Science.

Mon, 11/08/2021 - 11:43


Spring is finally here in northern MN!

Do you have an interest in turf and forage seed production systems in northwestern Minnesota? If yes, you should follow the Minnesota Turf Seed Council Newsletters! This newsletter is sent to producers and interested stakeholders from greenup through swathing. The first issue for 2021 has been published. Stay tuned for a new newsletter every week during the growing season.

Thu, 04/22/2021 - 11:52


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 2/25/21

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. Some of our team are featured in an article in CFANS News!

Eric Watkins and Nancy Jo Ehlke were interviewed in an article, Seed money, on grass seed production in northern Minnesota.

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 13:22


New to our website - more content on turfgrass seed production

Did you know that the University of Minnesota conducts research on turfgrass seed production in northern Minnesota? If you are interested in learning more, our website now has information on Seed Production Research at Magnusson Research Farm. We have annual progress reports, which contain results of turfgrass seed production research such as variety trials, winter hardiness trials and other research involving fertility and herbicides.

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 10:34