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Corvallis

Teff Grass

Corvallis teff grass is a warm-season annual grass with timothy-like forage quality.

Endophyte Free

Corvallis teff grass is very palatable, easy to digest and has excellent feed value. It is endophyte free and especially desirable by horses.  

Yield Data

Compared to other warm-season grasses, Corvallis teff grass has the ability to produce both high tonnage (4-8 tons/acre) and high quality forage (similar to timothy) throughout the summer months. It can be harvested multiple times and used as hay or silage. Teff hay can be a sought after commodity.

University of Kentucky

Yield Trial (Tons DM/A)

Lexington, KY, sown May 21, 2014

Stand %Yield )
VarietyJun 17Jul 8Aug 4Aug 29Oct 13Total
Summer Delight100*1.63*1.01*1.78*0.93*5.34*
Corvallis100*1.27*1.05*1.64*0.98*4.95*
Witkope96*1.09*1.09*1.68*0.94*4.81*
VA-T1Brown100*1.15*1.09*1.70*0.76*4.70*
Tiffany98*1.23*1.17*1.55*0.73*4.69*
Highveld890.891.11*1.74*0.85*4.59*
Dessie95*0.97*1.18*1.39*1.00*4.55*
Moxie100*1.28*1.11*1.40*0.534.33*
Velvet100*0.780.911.60*1.00*4.29*
Pharaoh97*1.09*0.911.42*0.75*4.18*
Rooiberg98*0.661.05*1.44*0.82*3.97*
HorseCandi98*0.780.891.30*0.61*3.58*
LSD80.70.240.540.461.38
50 lbs. N/A of actual nitrogen applied May 27 and July 11.
*Varieties not significantly different from the highest numerical value in the column.

University of Tennessee

Yield Trial (Tons DM/A)

Greeneville, TN, 2016

  Yield (Tons DM/A)
VarietySpeciesJun 25Jul 24Aug 14Sep 2Total
CorvallisTeffgrass0.84*1.260.58*0.20*2.88*
Quick‐N‐BigCrabgrass0.351.62*0.23*0.20*2.44*
DessieTeffgrass0.54*1.150.46*0.14*2.28*
Red RiverCrabgrass0.321.29*0.43*0.25*2.27*
  0.320.35ns1nsns
Planted May 11, 2016. Nitrogen application: 60 lb/acre at planting, 30 lb/acre after first harvest.
*Yielded statistically the same as the top‐yielding variety.

Maturity and Performance

Corvallis teff grass is med-late maturing and has very good forage performance and summer survivability.  

Corvallis teff grass performs very well in both waterlogged soils and in droughty conditions. As a species, teff is said to be disease free.

University of Kentucky

Maturity Ratings

Lexington, KY, Sown May 21, 2014

VarietyJul 8Aug 4
Witkope56.0*59.0*
Velvet56.0*54
Summer Delight55.5*54
VA-T1Brown55.5*52
Rooiberg54.5*59.0*
HorseCandi54.5*53
Tiffany54.0*53
Dessie54.0*56.0*
Moxie52.8*54
Corvallis52.3*52.5
Pharaoh51.7*51.5
Highveld50.5*54.5
LSD5.53.4
*Varieties not significantly different from the highest numerical value in the column.
Abbreviated Maturity rating scale: 50 = beginning of inflorescence emergence, 58 = complete emergence of inflorescence. Complete data available upon request.

Forage Quality

Forage Quality

Greeneville, TN, 2016

VarietyCorvallisDessieQuick‐N‐BigRed River
SpeciesTeffgrassTeffgrassCrabgrassCrabgrass
Test Date7/24/20168/14/20167/24/20168/14/2016
Ash6.27.89.47.5
Ca0.60.60.80.5
DE2.22.22.22.1
DM88.291.589.191.2
DMI2.12.22.42.0
dNDF4837.334.436.037.6
Fat2.12.72.72.3
IVTDMD4877.380.282.977.1
K1.81.82.21.6
Mg0.50.50.60.4
NDF58.455.051.259.9
NEG0.50.50.50.5
NEL0.70.70.70.7
NEM0.80.80.80.8
NFC18.117.019.814.7
P0.20.20.30.2
Protein17.119.518.917.5
RFQ121.7131.3142.2116.1
TDN72.974.174.671.3
WSC4.17.14.53.6

Planting Information

Seeding Rate - Raw & Drilled4–6 lbs./acre
Seeding Rate – Raw & Broadcast2–4 lbs./acre
Seeding Rate - Coated & Drilled8–10 lbs./acre
Seeding Rate - Coated & Broadcast10–12 lbs./acre
Planting Zones (map)green
Planting Depth1/4"*
*Teff needs to be planted no deeper than 1/4” on a firm bed with good seed-to-soil contact when soil temperatures rise above 65° F. Too early, too deep, too fluffy of soil - all can lead to establishment failure. Also, cutting it too short will reduce its ability to regrow.
map of turf and forage tall fescue planting area