Chris D. Teutsch

Forages

Ph.D., Agronomy, 2000, University of Kentucky, Lexington

M.S., Crop Science, 1996, The Ohio State University, Columbus

B.S., Crop Science, 1994, The Ohio State University, Columbus,  Summa cum laude

Filling in the summer slump in cool-season forage production.   Cool-season forages grow well in the spring and fall, but high temperatures and limited rainfall restrict growth during the summer months.  Warm-season grasses could fill in this slump in forage growth during the summer months.  Currently I am conducting research on warm-season forages that include bermudagrass, crabgrass, eastern gamagrass, switchgrass, and summer annual grasses.

Extending grazing.  Winter feed costs make up more than one-half of cow-calf budgets in Virginia and other transitions zone states.  Reducing the amount of hay and silage fed during the winter months could significantly decrease production costs.  I am conducting research on stockpiling tall fescue for winter grazing.  This research involves the timing, source, and rate of nitrogen fertilization.

My extension program focuses heavily on improving the management of existing pastures.  In many cases, forage resources in the Southern Piedmont region of Virginia are poorly managed.  I stress the importance of evaluating and actively managing soil fertility and grazing.  Simply fertilizing pastures and implementing rotational stocking can improve pasture production by more than one-third.  In addition, improved pasture management also increases the drought tolerance of pastures by strengthening the plants' root system.

Research Publications

  1. Clapham, W. M., Fedders, J. M., Teutsch, C. D. 2009. Risk analysis, analysis of variance: Getting more from our data. Online. Forage and Grazinglands doi:10.1094/FG-2009-0331-01-RS.
  2. Teutsch, C. D., J.H. Fike, G.E. Groover, and S. Aref. 2005. Nitrogen rate and source effects on the yield and nutritive value of tall fescue stockpiled for winter grazing. Online. Forage and Grazinglands doi:10.1094/FG-2005-1220-01-RS.  
  3. Teutsch, C.D., J.H. Fike, and W.M. Tilson.  2005.  Yield, digestibility, and nutritive value of crabgrass as impacted by nitrogen fertilization rate and source.  Agron. J. 97:1640-46.  
  4. Fike, J. H., C.D. Teutsch, and D.L. Ward. 2005. Warm-season grass production responses to site and defoliation frequency. Online. Forage and Grazinglands doi:10.1094/FG-2005-0824-01-RS.  
  5. Teutsch, C. D., and W.M. Tilson. 2005. Nitrate accumulation in crabgrass as impacted by nitrogen fertilization rate and source. Online. Forage and Grazinglands doi:10.1094/FG-2005-0830-01-RS. 
  6. Buergler, A.L., J.H. Fike, J.A. Burger, C.R. Feldhake, J.R. Mckenna, and C.D. Teutsch.  2005.  Botanical composition and forage production in an emulated silvopasture.  Agron. J. 97:1141-1147. 
  7. Teutsch, C. D., J.H. Fike, G.E. Groover, and W.M. Tilson. 2005. Nitrogen fertilization rate and application timing effects on the yield of crabgrass. Online. Forage and Grazinglands doi:10.1094/FG-2005-0518-01-RS.   
  8. Teutsch, C. D., J.H. Fike, and W.M. Tilson. 2005. Nitrogen fertilization rate and application timing effects on the nutritive value and digestibility of crabgrass. Online. Forage and Grazinglands doi:10.1094/FG-2005-0614-01-RS.  
  9. Aleshire, E. B.*, and C.D. Teutsch. 2005. Soil pH effects on the shoot and root yield of crabgrass. Online. Forage and Grazinglands doi:10.1094/FG-2005-0714-01-RS.  
  10. Teutsch, C.D., J.H. Fike, and W.M Tilson.  2005.  Grazing Corn: Impact of harvest date on grazing corn.  In Proc. for Annual Conference of American Forage and Grassland Council, Bloomington, IL, June 11-15, 2005. 
  11. Teutsch, C.D., J.H. Fike, and W.M Tilson.  2005.  Grazing Corn: Impact of harvest date on nutritive value.  In Proc. for Annual Conference of American Forage and Grassland Council, Bloomington, IL, June 11-15, 2005.  
  12. Teutsch, C. D., Collins, M., and Ditsch, D. C. 2004. Impact of incorporation, mulch, and root coating on the establishment of kura clover from rhizome segments on mine spoils in southeastern Kentucky. Online. Forage and Grazinglands doi:10.1094/FG-2004-1117-01-RS. 
  13. Teutsch, C.D., and W.M. Tilson.  2004.  Nitrate accumulation in crabgrass as impacted by nitrogen fertilization rate and application timing.  Online.  Forage and Grazinglands doi:10.1094/FG-2004-0618-01-RS.  

Extension Publications

  1. Teutsch, C.D. 2008. General pasture management: Why is my stand thinning? Online Camtasia presentation 
  2. Teutsch, C.D. 2008. Pasture management isn't just for cows! The Virginia Forager. 29 (1):8.  Virginia Forage and Grassland Council, Crewe, VA.
  3. Teutsch, C.D. and Sue Ellen Johnson. 2008. Managing pasture regrowth and grazing for drought. The Virginia Forager. 29 (2):4. Virginia Forage and Grassland Council, Crewe, VA.
  4. Teutsch, C.D. 2008. Building stronger nutrient cycles in pastures: the role of grazing management. Mid-Atlantic Regional Agronomist Quarterly Newsletter. 3(4):16-18. University of Delaware.
  5. Teutsch, C.D. 2007. Using what the good Lord gave us. The Virginia Forager 28(4):1.  Virginia Forage and Grassland Council, Crewe, VA.
  6. Teutsch, C.D. 2007. Stimulating early season grass growth. The Virginia Forager 28(1):11.  Virginia Forage and Grassland Council, Crewe, VA.
  7. Teutsch, C.D. 2007. Drought Offers Opportunity to Get Legumes Back into Your Pastures.  Mid-Atlantic Regional Agronomist Quarterly Newsletter 2(4):12-14.