|480,000 acres of grass and hay are cultivated in the Willamette Valley primarily for seed because the climate and soils are well suited for these crops1. Bentgrass, ryegrass, fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and alfalfa are all grown within Oregon2. Known for the high quality seed, grass and hayseed is shipped across the United States and exports more grass seed than any other state3. In 2008, hay was ranked second and all grass seed was listed as the third in Oregon’s top 40 commodities produced in the state4.||Grass and Hay / Pasto y Heno Translation Needed
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1. Oregon Seed Council (no date) Frequently Asked Questions. Available at oregonseedcouncil.org/faqs.php (accessed July 2009).
2. Oregon Department of Agriculture (2008) 2007-2008 Oregon Agriculture & Fisheries Statistics, 2008 Oregon Agripedia. Available at www.oregon.gov/ODA/ (accessed July 2009).
3. US Department of Agriculture (2009) Top 10 exporting States by commodity, fiscal 2008. Available at www.ers.usda.gov/data/stateexports/ (accessed July 2009).
4. Oregon Department of Agriculture (2009) Oregon Agriculture; Facts and Figures. Available at www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/ (accessed June 2009).