The results of the 2023 Kansas Performance Tests for cool-season annual forage varieties are available online at https://www.agronomy.k-state.edu/outreach-and-services/crop-performance-tests/forages/hay-and-silage/. The results are summarized by location (Garden City, Hays, and Scandia). At this time, only yield results are available for the cool-season forages. Quality results for the forages will be released in the near future.
Annual forage performance tests are conducted each year by the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station (Figure 1). The objectives of these variety trials are to evaluate the performance of released and experimental varieties, determine where these varieties are best adapted, and increase the visibility of summer annual forages in Kansas. Breeders, marketers, and producers use data collected from the trials to make informed variety selections.
This work was funded in part by the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station and seed suppliers. Sincere appreciation is expressed to all participating researchers and seed suppliers who have a vested interest in expanding and promoting annual forage production in the U.S.
Figure 1. Harvesting a forage variety trial at the Southwest Research and Extension Center in Garden City, KS. Photo from John Holman, K-State Research and Extension.
John Holman, Cropping Systems Agronomist, Southwest Research-Extension Center
Augustine Obour, Agricultural Research Center – Hays
Scott Dooley, Agronomist-in-Charge, North Central Kansas Experiment Field
Jane Lingenfelser, Assistant Agronomist, Crop Performance Testing