On Friday, March13, 2020 the University of Florida cancelled or postponed all in-person training activities to slow the spread of the Conronavirus. One of the events this effected was the Twilight Cool-Season Forage Tour that had been scheduled for March 17th, at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) near Marianna, Florida. Since we had already had that afternoon blocked off on our schedule, I met Dr. Ann Blount, UF/IFAS Forage Breeder at the plots and recorded a video tour and posted the following video to the Panhandle Ag Extension Team’s YouTube channel.
Take the 12-minute tour with Dr. Blount and I of the cool-season annual forage plots to see the recommended varieties and improved cultivars that she and her team have developed for grazing, silage, and hay production in the Southern Coastal Plains. She will introduce viewers to black oats, and show the results of her efforts to develop earlier maturing rye, triticale, oat, and ryegrass cultivars that are less day-length sensitive and will produce earlier in the winter to reduce dependence on hay and baleage feeding.