2020 Dairy Unit Cool Season Forage Trial

A Cool-Season forage variety comparison trial was conducted at the UF/IFAS Dairy Research Unit, near Gainesville, Florida over the winter of 2019-2020. Credit: Marcello Wallau, UF/IFAS


Video Cool-Season Forage Tour

Typically the forage extension specialists provide tours of their forage demonstration and evaluation plots each spring, but this year, due to COVID19, they filmed the tour to share with producers.  Dr. Ann Blount, UF/IFAS Forage Breeder discusses the different cool-season forage options evaluated in the fall and winter of 2019-20, with her recommendations for use of the different varieties that are commercially available in the following video that was recorded back in April.  Below the video is the graphic that was shared a general summary of the cool-season variety trials this past season.

2020 Cool Season Forage Variety Trial Summary Chart

A summary of all of the cool-season forage variety tests in 2019-2020.

2020 Cool-Season Forage Recommendations

Each year forage breeders and extension specialists from the southern states compare notes from their variety trials to provide recommended varieties for planting of cool-season annual forages the following season.  The latest recommendations for Florida producers has been added to the UF/IFAS Extension EDIS website for distribution.   Use the following link for the 2020 recommendations. (Use the “Download the PDF” link in the top left corner of the publication for a printer friendly PDF version to take with you to the Farm Supply Dealership to order your seed)

2020 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida


Marcelo Wallau