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Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii Vitman)

Characteristics

  • Yield based on 2 harvests/season
  • Seeds/pound: 165,000
  • Seeding rate: 10-12 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
  • Erosion control for sand and gravel pits, mine spoil, and roadsides, cover for wildlife

Advantages

  • good yield potential
  • tolerates low fertility, acid soils

Concerns

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

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