The Rutgers 250 All-Star Variety for September is BlueNote Kentucky bluegrass! This variety is known for being compact, shade and drought tolerant, and resistant to a wide range of diseases. It is available from Mountain View Seeds. The Plant Science Research and Extension Farm, often referred to as the Adelphia Farm, is a 206-acre facility that has been owned by the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station since 1962. During the 1980’s, the turfgrass breeding program started to expand under the direction of Dr. C. Reed Funk. As the farmland in the area began to be used for housing the need for better turf was growing. The Adelphia farm was the ideal site to develop more drought, heat, and pest … learn more
Rutgers 250: All-Star Variety of the Month
2016 PGA Championship Played on Rutgers Turfgrass
About Rutgers Breeding
The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), in celebration of Rutgers' 250th anniversary, is showcasing a unique breeding program and an all-star variety each month. The select varieties are trialed by NJAES researchers at extension centers and research farms all over New Jersey. Information about the history of each breeding program, research involved in the development of featured varieties, and the availability of these Rutgers products will be posted on this website. You will also have access to news articles and videos related to breeding programs and varieties.
Rutgers 250: NJAES All-Star Lineup, 2015-2016
November- Scarlet Knight® Cranberry
December- 'Portia Orton' Holly Tree
January- Rutgers Scarlet Lettuce™
February- Sweet Basil
March- 'NJ-1113' Asparagus
April- Rutgers 250™ Tomato
May- Rutgers Scarlet™ Strawberry
June- 'Rutpink' Scarlet Fire™ Dogwood Tree
July- ‘NJF16’ TangOs® Peach
August- Rutgers 250: NJAES All-Star Variety of the Month 'Triploid' Oyster
September- BlueNote Kentucky Bluegrass Turfgrass
New Jersey has an extensive history, interconnected with decades of revolutionary research, specialization, and breeding. Celebrate New Jersey agriculture! Learn about Rutgers berries, tomatoes, ornamental trees, and more!
Varieties bred at experiment substations across the state have been developed using traditional breeding techniques. In agriculture, variety selection and hybridization are key strategies for managing pests and diseases, as well as improving yields and profits. Rutgers plant and shellfish researchers develop and evaluate varieties for New Jersey and the region. They select cultivars for factors including quality, yield, and resistance to diseases of local importance. Other goals of this research include preparation for climate change through heat and drought tolerance and cold hardiness.
Learn more about the Rutgers breeding program history.