Ban burns grass growers

A near ban on grass-seed burning adds further strain to growers in the recession.

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The ban on grass-seed burning – a practice used to eliminate residue and insects – is forcing some growers to consider alternative crop rotations.

With grass seed prices well below the cost of production, the Oregon Legislature’s near ban on the practice couldn’t have come at a worse time.

“It’s one of the worst years the Legislature could have picked for banning burning,” said Mike Hayes, a Corvallis-area grower.

Hayes plans to grow more wheat and white clover, increase tillage and bump up chemical use to compensate for the loss of the practice.

Read the full story at the Capital Press.

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