Seed Production

TitleSeed Production
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsM. Rolston, P, Young, WC
Book TitleTall Fescue for the Twenty‚Äźfirst Century
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd
ISBN Number9780891181859
Keywordsharvest management, paddock selection, post harvest management, row spacing, seed production, sowing rate, tall fescue

Summary In this chapter, we review research on tall fescue [Lolium arundinaceum (Schreb.) Darbysh.] seed production in Oregon and New Zealand, including seed certification requirements; crop establishment; agronomic and nutrient management; effects of weeds, diseases, and plant growth regulators; and harvest and post harvest managements. Establishing tall fescue in spring with a companion crop has economic benefits for seed production, while delays in fall sowing result in low seed yields at first harvest. Plant growth regulators have had a significant impact in tall fescue seed production, with seed yield increases in most trials exceeding 50% of the untreated control.