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Rough-stalked Meadow Grass


Ministerium für Energiewende, Landwirtschaft, Umwelt, Natur und Digitalisierung des Landes Schleswig-Holstein

Federal State



Mercatorstraße 3
24106 Kiel

Website: External link to the authority

Project Title

Rough-stalked Meadow Grass

Project description

The aim of the project is the development of site-adapted strategies for the prevention and / or control of the rough-stalked meadow grass, which is the cause of low yields and poor forage quality of grassland. Based on the status quo observation, measures for controlling the rough-stalked meadow grass are tried on practical farms in the landscapes Marsh, Sandy Upland, and Eastern Hillside. Additionally, a trial is planned to record the competitive power of different grass species and mixes against the rough-stalked meadow grass.

At the end of the project the current status of the spread of the rough-stalked meadow grass will be known, the drivers in the spreading will have been identified and effective strategies for avoiding and fighting it will have been developed. These results are taken into account when developing a free online tool for farmers that estimates the risk of spreading of the rough-stalked meadow grass and recommends measures to avoid and fight it as well as suggesting competitive grass mixes for reseeding.

Results focusing on practiceorientation

For the first time, the project was able to provide data on the distribution situation of common bentgrass in permanent grassland in Schleswig-Holstein. The results from 2019 showed that the availability of water at the site is decisive for the spread of common bentgrass. In order to prevent the spread or keep it within limits, distinct grassland management is necessary, as patchy and low-growing swards can be quickly colonised by common bentgrass. Based on the various sub-projects and in cooperation with the EIP project "Nutrient-efficient area concepts for grassland sites" with the Schleswig-Holstein Chamber of Agriculture as lead partner, a comprehensive digital advisory tool, the "Schleswig-Holstein Grassland Portal", was developed. This is available both as a desktop version and as a mobile app for Android and iOS.

Key words

  • Outdoor horticulture and woody crops (incl. viticulture, olives, fruit, ornamentals)
  • Pest/disease control

Main funding source

Rural development 2014-2020 for Operational Groups (in the sense of Art 56 of Reg.1305/2013)

OG contact information

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4
24118 Kiel

Phone: 0481/8555-320

Email: ahermann@gfo.uni-kiel.de

Type of OG partners

  • Farmer
  • Researcher

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Total budget applied for in EUR


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