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Primary Factors to Consider

The two primary factors to consider when selecting perennial forages species and cultivars are:

  1. Persistence
  2. Anti-quality components


The Northeast is great for growing grass, but less than ideal soil drainage can be stressful. Fluctuating temperatures and variable snow cover in the winter also can stress overwintering grass. For example, orchardgrass is no longer recommended in parts of the region due to risk of winterkill. Grass species vary in their tolerance of soil and weather extremes.

Species rankings for various environmental characteristics

Ranking for droughty soils
Ranking for ease of establishment
Ranking for overwintering
Ranking for regrowth potential
Ranking for soil ph
Ranking for wet soils