Several county agents and producers have recently asked me how forage varieties are added to the CAIP Approved Seed List and are therefore eligible for county cost share. The normal procedure is for the company selling the seed to send me (firstname.lastname@example.org) the Variety Description and results of two or more yield trials in KY or surrounding states. If this variety is adapted to Kentucky and has yield and persistence ratings that are average to above average compared to other varieties we have tested, then I recommend to GOAP to add this it to the approved seed list.
If the variety you would like to plant is not on the approved CAIP Seed List then ask your company to follow the above procedure. This should be done at least several weeks before you purchase the seed to make sure the variety can be added to this list. ~ Ray Smith, UK Forage Specialist