Tons Of Teff
Hay and Forage Grower
If you’re looking for a good one-year forage crop to work into an alfalfa rotation, the ancient and somewhat exotic grass called teff may be worth a look.
Originating in Ethiopia around 1000 B.C., the crop has more of a history as a source of gluten-free grain for flour than as a forage. But it’s grown on a limited basis for livestock in other parts of Africa, as well as in India, Australia and South America.
Researchers at Oregon State University’s southern experiment station near Klamath Falls have planted test plots of the fine wheat-like crop the past two years. They’ve been impressed with what they’ve seen and later heard from horse owners who bought the baled grass.