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2. Species Selection

In the Northeast, if you don’t like your soil, take 100 paces in any direction, you are apt to end up standing on a different soil type (and you may not like it either). Poorly drained soils, acid soils, stony soils, fragipan soils and heavy clay soils outnumber the highly productive soil types. Grass species selection is strongly influenced by soil conditions. Selecting forage species that are best suited to a particular soil type and forage use provides the most efficient land use [GIS-4]. In NY and PA, species are recommended using a web-based program based on potential yield, intended forage use, and soil type [http://forages.org in NY; http://www.forages.psu.edu in PA).

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In the Northeast, grass species selection is strongly influenced by soil conditions. Many soils are well suited to reed canarygrass.