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Morphological Stage and Forage Quality

It is very desirable to be able to estimate forge quality of perennial grasses. A relatively simple morphological staging system for grasses could provide information on forage quality and optimum harvest date. There are several systems that attempt to descriptively evaluate morphological stages in perennial grasses [GIS-17]. Grass stands are a mixed population of tillers at different stages of maturity. The large time investment needed to quantify the average growth stage of a grass stand is probably not worth the effort.