UT has twilight native grasses tour

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The University of Tennessee is showing off the value of native grasses to livestock feeding.

UT's Center for Native Grasslands Management has a Twilight Forage Tour on July 30 at the research center's Blount Unit, south of Knoxville. There is no cost, but preregistration is required by July 24.

Pat Keyser, the center director, said the drought tolerant native grasses are long-lasting, warm-season perennials and can produce high yields of hay and excellent animal performance when grazed during the summer.

Varieties include gamagrass, big bluestem, and switchgrass.

The event on July 24 begins with a sponsored supper.

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