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

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]

Negative Interactions between Tree Seedlings and Non-Native Grasses in a Restoration Setting: Getting to the Root of the Problem.  Aldrovandi, M.  2018.  M.S. Thesis. [Abstract]

Risk and Returns from Grazing Warm Season Grasses.  Boyer, C., K. Zechiel, J. Rhinehart, P. D. Keyser, and G. E. Bates.  2018.  American Forage and Grasslands Council. [Abstract]

Hickory and Oak Growth Over 10 Years in Response to Initial Fertilization.  Franklin, J. A., and D. S. Buckley.  2018.  Proceedings of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation, St. Louis, MO, June 3-7, 2018. [Abstract]

Managing Native Grass Forages: Grazing Native Grasses - Early Studies on Native Grass Forages - a Tribute to some Pioneers.  Keyser, P. D.  2018.  Beef and Forage Center monthly web Article, January 2018.

Managing Native Grass Forages: Grazing Native Grasses – Handling Spring Growth from Warm- and Cool-season Grasses – Which Should I Graze Now?.  Keyser, P. D.  2018.  Beef and Forage Center, March 2018.

Native Grasses – Practical Strategies for Restoration by Cattlemen in the Southeast.  Keyser, P. D.  2018.  Society for Range Management. [Abstract]

Tolerance of native ornamental grasses to over-the-top applications of Pylex herbicide Marble, C. M., M. T. Elmore, and J. T. Brosnan.  2018.  HortScience53:842-849.

Forage warm-season legumes and grasses intercropped with corn as an alternative for corn silage production Oakes, R. N., and M. D. Corbin.  2018.  Agronomy.

Response of Native Warm-Season Grasses to Fertilizer Amendments.  Richwine, J., and P. D. Keyser.  2018.  Progressive Forage Grower, September 2018.

The Zoysiagrasses- An Update.  Samples, T. J., and J. C. Sorochan.  2018.  Tennessee Turfgrass Magazine. Oct/Nov. Pp. 22-26.

Adapting to climate change, improving the sustainability of grazing systems and improving water quality in Tennessee Walker, F. R., and P. D. Keyser.  2018.  Proceedings of 2018 Tennessee Water Resources Symposium. [Abstract]