Grande Ronde Valley (Union County), Oregon Kentucky Bluegrass & Fine Leaf Fescue Crop Report
2023 is going down as one of our worst years in history for grass seed yields in the Grande Ronde Valley.
Kentucky Bluegrass acres were down 8% from 2022 and yields were down just over 30%.
Fine fescue acres were down 7% from 2022 and yields were down 24% overall. Breaking them out:
Hard Fescue was about normal
Chewings was off 15%
Creeping Red Fescue yields were off over 30%.
Looking ahead for 2024 we will see acres continue to decline by another 7 – 10% however, we did receive some much-needed moisture in August which has improved plant health and will set us up with a better start for 2024.