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The following varieties of turf seed are available for sod production. Varieties are eligible for SOD TAGS via testing through Oregon State University and approved by the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture. (Other varieties may be of equal or better quality, but do not qualify for official SOD TAGS.)

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TWCA certified drought resistant! Diva is an improved, dark green Kentucky bluegrass variety classified as a “Compact type” of improved Kentucky bluegrass that exhibits a compact short plant height and medium to fine-leaf texture. Diva exhibits early spring green-up, leaf spot resistance and moderate susceptibility to billbug. It is a persistent, attractive, winter hardy grass that uses LESS water while maintaining green cover.

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TWCA Certified “Drought Resistant” Falcon IV is a new and improved, heat and disease resistant, tall fescue variety developed for superior turf quality across a wide area of adaptation. It is dark green in color, fine textured with excellent wear tolerance. Falcon IV exhibits a unique combination of traits including dense growth, improved turf quality and resistance to brown patch incited by Rhizoctonia solani. Falcon IV is an endophyte enhanced tall fescue with >92% Neotyphodium coenophialum endophyte which provides resistance to a number of leaf and crown feeding insects and nematodes. The presence of endophyte also contribute to improved biotic and abiotic stress tolerance, faster seedling establishment, enhanced fall recover and reduced summer weed invasion. Falcon IV has been proven to use LESS water while maintaining green cover.

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Ginney is an improved very dark green variety classified as a “Midnight type” of improved Kentucky bluegrass that exhibits a compact short plant height and medium leaf texture. Ginney exhibits late spring green-up and is very tolerant of low mowing heights. It is a cold hardy, persistent, attractive grass that through the development of an extensive rhizome system forms a well-knit, durable sod. It is adapted to a wide range of soils and climatic conditions.

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Panther GLS is an elite, new generation, heat and humidity tolerant perennial ryegrass developed with improved gray leaf spot resistance. Gray leaf spot disease has been a limiting factor to the establishment and persistence of perennial ryegrass in the past decade in the Mid Atlantic, Mid South and Midwestern U.S. Panther GLS is also an endophyte enhanced perennial ryegrass with >90% Neotyphodium lolii endophyte which provides resistance to a number of leaf and crown feeding pests and improved tolerance to abiotic (non-living) and biotic (living) stress. It is highly recommended for permanent turf application in the Mid-Atlantic and U.S. transition zone where heat and humidity may limit the adaptation of perennial ryegrass turf.

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Princeton 105 is an improved moderately dark green variety classified as a “Compact type” of improved Kentucky bluegrass. It exhibits the best traffic tolerance among commercially available Kentucky bluegrass varieties in our industry. It is a cold hardy, persistent, attractive grass that through the development of an extensive rhizome system forms a well-knit, durable sod. Princeton 105 is adapted to a wide range of soils and climatic conditions.

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Scorpion II is a new and improved, heat and disease resistant, double-dwarf tall fescue variety developed for superior turf quality across a wide area of adaptation. It is dark green in color, moderately fine textured with excellent wear tolerance. Scorpion II exhibits a unique combination of traits including short dwarf dense growth, improved turf quality and resistance to brown patch incited by Rhizoctonia solani. Scorpion II is an endophyte enhanced tall fescue with >62% Neotyphodium coenophialum endophyte which provides resistance to a number of leaf and crown feeding insects and nematodes. The presence of endophyte also contribute to improved biotic and abiotic stress tolerance, faster seedling establishment, enhanced fall recover and reduced summer weed invasion.

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Shenandoah II follows in the footsteps of Shenandoah and is recognized as one of the top of the new generation of elite varieties in the NTEP. Shenandoah II is a moderately fine textured variety with deep dark green turf and broad area of adaptation it is an endophyte enhanced tall fescue with >93% Neotyphodium coenophialum endophyte which provides resistance to a number of leaf and crown feeding insects and nematodes. The presence of endophyte also contributes to improved biotic and abiotic stress tolerance, faster seedling establishment, enhanced fall recovery and reduced summer weed invasion.

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Midnight Types

Within the Compact Type family, this group has very long winter dormancy, late spring green-up, very dark green turf color, good heat tolerance, but are susceptible to powdery mildew.

Examples: Ginney, Alexa, Midnight, NuGlade, Quantum Leap, Total Eclipse, and Award

American Types

Within the Compact Type a number of varieties exhibit growth and performance similar to American. These varieties have fine leaf texture and higher tiller density than other compact type varieties. American Types in contrast to Midnight Types have good resistance to powdery mildew.

Examples: Apollo, American, Unique, Mystere, and Bedazzled

Shamrock Types

Similar to the BVMG Types with high seed yield potential, but unlike the BVMG, Shamrock types exhibit good resistance to stripe smut.

Examples: Guinness and Shamrock

Compact Types

Low compact growth and good leaf spot resistance. This group has long winter dormancy (except P-105) and good stripe smut resistance.

Examples: Princeton-105, Diva, Moonlight, Blackstone, Apex, Glade, Alpin

Double-Dwarf Turf Types

This group of turf-type tall fescues varieties have distinctly shorter early spring and late fall canopy height. Double dwarfs have been improperly sold as "reduced clipping varieties". University tests indicate that yearly grass clippings of double-dwarf versus semi-dwarf tall fescue are statistically the same under similar management programs. Only recently have breeders developed double-dwarf tall fescues that exhibit moderate to good resistance to brown patch, the most limiting factor to tall fescue persistence in the Mid South of USA.

Standard Turf Types

Heirloom varieties of turf-type tall fescue with improved turf quality. These varieties have greater basal tiller density, shorter plant height, and darker green color than forage type tall fescues such as KY-31. These varieties would be labeled as "forage type" by lawn care professionals today.

Gray Leaf Spot Resistance (GLS) Types

Gray leaf spot, Pyricularia grisea, or “Blast” is a limiting factor for perennial turf cultivation in the Mid Atlantic and Mid Western USA where perennial ryegrass is used for elite low height of cut turf. Breeders have recently developed varieties with significant improvements in gray leaf spot resistance.