Grasses Research

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Amanda Joy Ashworth
Research Associate II
Native warm season grasses

David P. Harper
Associate Professor
Forest products

Patrick D. (Pat) Keyser
Native grasslands management



Five Things You Didn’t Know about the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 2/25/2016


(2 mentions)

Forage Research 
UT researchers are looking for the best forage for cattle to produce high quality beef. The goal is to grow hay for cattle in the hot, dry months of summer – when fields are usually barren.

(2 mentions)

Preventing Nitrate Toxicity in Cattle 
UT experts talk about the danger of nitrate toxicity and how you can prevent it on your farm.

(1 mention)

Tennessee Athletic Field Tester (TAFT) 
Adam Thoms, Research Leader of the Center for Athletic Field Safety at the University of Tennessee, explains the Tennessee Athletic Field Tester (TAFT).

(1 mention)

Mine Reclamation 
We get half our electricity from coal, but getting to coal underground sometimes means we have to cut down trees. UTIA researchers are working to bring new vegetation to former mining sites.


Recent Publications

Tolerance of hybrid bermudagrasses to applications of topramezone and SpeedZone® for postemergence goosegrass (Eleusine indica) control.  Carroll, D. E., J. T. Brosnan, G. K. Breeden, and E. H. Reasor.  2020.  Proc. Southern Weed Sci Soc. 72 (in press)..

Potential Effects of Pasture Conversion from Cool Season to Warm Season Grasses on Water Quality in the Oostanaula River Watershed.  B. Shoghli, J. Schwartz, S. A. Hawkins, F. R. Walker, C. D. Clark, and D. M. Lambert.  2019.  Proceedings of the 2019 Tennessee Water Resources Symposium.

Economic and Production Performance of Grazing Native Grasses in the Fescue Belt.  Boyer, C., and P. D. Keyser.  2019.  Science to Solutions – Working Lands for Wildlife, NRCS.

Summary of Economic and Production Performance of Grazing Native Grasses as Forage in the Fescue Belt.  Boyer, C., and P. D. Keyser.  2019.  Agriculture and Resource Economics, Research Report.

Seasonal Hay Feeding for Cattle Production in the Fescue Belt Boyer, C., D. M. Lambert, A. P. Griffith, C. D. Clark, and B. C. English.  2019.  Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, pp 1-14. [Abstract]

Risk and Returns from Grazing Beef Cattle on Warm-Season Grasses in Tennessee.  Boyer, C., K. Zechiel, P. D. Keyser, J. Rhinehart, and G. E. Bates.  2019.  Agronomy Journal.

A new dollar spot disease of turfgrass caused by Clarireedia paspali Hu, J., Y. Zhou, J. Geng, Y. Dai, H. Ren, and K. H. Lamour.  2019.  Mycological Progress. [Abstract]

Native Grasses and Native Wildlife.  Keyser, P. D.  2019.  FWF Update Newsletter, Summer 2019.

Managing Native Grass Forages: Where Should I Start If I Want to Plant Native Grasses?,.  Keyser, P. D.  2019.  Beef and Forage Center monthly web article, April 2019.

Managing Native Grass Forages: What Should You Do with Some Native Grasses?.  Keyser, P. D.  2019.  Beef and Forage Center monthly web article, May 2019.

Native grasses win performance tests.  Keyser, P. D.  2019.  Beef Producer April 1, 2019, on-line, Alan Newport.

Identifying Barriers to Forage Innovation: Native Grasses and Producer Knowledge.  Keyser, P. D., S. M. Schexnayder, A. S. Willcox, G. E. Bates, and C. Boyer.  2019.  Journal of Extension.