Oregon's 2015 Grass Seed Harvest

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     Oregon's 2015 grass seed harvest will be about the same as the previous year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Portland. Hit hard by a recession in 2009, Oregon is the country-wide leader in grass seed production, with an estimated 125,000 acres of annual ryegrass, 109,000 acres of perennial ryegrass, 125,000 acres of turf-type tall fescue, 16,000 acres of forage-type tall fescue and 11,000 acres of K-31 and other types of tall fescue. 

     Pre-recession grass acreage is not expected to return, as many farmers have switched to other permanent crops such as hazelnuts and blueberries. 

 
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