OLYMPIA, Wash. — Total acreage of Oregon grown Ryegrass and Tall Fescue decreased by 2 percent to 329,000 acres for harvest in 2021, from 336,000 acres harvested in 2020, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Northwest Regional Field Office. Estimates are based on data from a survey of growers conducted in January 2021. Acreage totals for 2020 were revised from preliminary intentions based on 2021 survey data for all grass seed types.
Growers indicated that 53 percent of the 2021 ryegrass acres to be harvested are under contract, while 62 percent of the tall fescue acres are under contract. Total irrigated acreage of ryegrass are estimated to be 20 percent of the 2021 crop. Total irrigated acreage of tall fescue are estimated to be 29 percent of the 2021 crop. The data series for acres of seed under contract and irrigated acres started in 2019.
The upcoming 2021 crop was reported to be in fair to good condition. Fall rains helped establishment and growth of both ryegrass and fescue fields. Voles and mice were frequently mentioned as being prevalent in some fields.
Special thanks go to the Oregon Ryegrass Growers Seed Commission, Oregon Tall Fescue Commission, and the Oregon Grass Seed Bargaining Association for support of the survey.
— USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
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