Selecting high-quality seed is an essential step in the establishment and longevity of a forage stand. Such seed should have high percentages of germination and purity, low percentages of weed seed, and freedom from noxious weed seed.
Another important step is the selection of improved crop varieties that are adapted to your geographic location. If you are uncertain about a variety’s adaptation and performance, check with your county Extension agent for agriculture before seed purchase. It is never a good practice to plant large acreages to varieties of unknown performance or adaptation. The best assurance of the genetic purity is to plant certified seed, if available. Poor quality seed and/or unadapted varieties are never a bargain at any price. See the most recent Forage Variety Report for Kentucky variety trial results.