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Indiangrass
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Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans (L.) Nash)

Characteristics

  • Yield based on 2 harvests/season
  • Seeds/pound: 175,000
  • Seeding rate: 8-10 lbs pure live seed/acre
  • Seeding date: early spring, late summer before August 15
  • Warm-season grass with most of growth in mid-summer
  • Unacceptable forage quality for ruminants in NYS

Advantages

  • good yields possible

Concerns

  • unacceptably low forage quality
  • loses forage quality rapidly
  • fluffy seed difficult to sow
  • difficult to establish
  • slow to establish
  • intolerant of poorly-drained soils
  • intolerant of continuous grazing
  • must be grown in separate pastures

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