The new grass species pictures in all the forage magazines looked wonderful! Advertised animal gains, stocking rates and crude protein content were incredible. However, forage persistence was poor and by the third year, most plants had died. Beautiful to being with, it didn’t do the job. Practically speaking, “pretty”: is the thing that works! Sometimes, something that looks good to begin with doesn’t stand the test of time or fails in other ways. It pays to look beyond first impressions and check available research, other information and local experts before moving ahead. Order your copy of Forage-Livestock Quote and Concepts, vol. 2 here.