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Eastern Gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides (L.) L.)

New/Untested species, not yet recommended for some or all applications

Characteristics

  • Yield based on 2 harvests/season
  • Seeding date: early spring
  • Tall, warm-season perennial prairie grass related to corn
  • Primarily used as a hay crop
  • Thick rhizomes, with a clumpy growth habit

Advantages

  • very high forage quality
  • high yield potential
  • good tolerance of acid, droughty, and poorly-drained soils

Concerns

  • management practices for NE USA not yet clear
  • difficult to establish
  • not adapted to continuous grazing

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