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Can you ID this grass?

 
Abe Connally
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I am having a really hard time getting an identification for this grass.  It is the dominant species on our property, grows fast, drought tolerant, likes clay soil, and makes a big seedhead, but what the heck is it?
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Abe Connally
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seriously?  no one has any ideas?
 
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Hi!

*wave*

Not to sure
 
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Can you post pics of the seedheads? 

 
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Abe Connally
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no, I don't see it in that image search.  I will get a close up of the seed head right now.
 
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here are some close ups.
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Could be King Ranch Bluestem?

http://www.biosci.utexas.edu/prc/DigFlora/KR/BOISS-NHays.html
 
Abe Connally
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maybe, though the seed head is a bit different.

it seems like the KR Bluestem has a more open seed head, it fans out, where my grass stays close and gets fuzzy.
 
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Ok good, because you really don't want KR Bluestem. 
 
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H Ludi Tyler wrote:
Ok good, because you really don't want KR Bluestem.   


Always depends on who you are. I just read that this (native) species has actually become extinct in my region ...

Velacreations, why isn't all that mature grass in your goats' stomachs ?
It looks like an excellent site for a Keyline dam and Holistic Management grazing.
 
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I think it might be yellow bluestem, actually.

I don't have goats right now, but I do have pigs, and they are on pasture.  That photo is from a few years back.  It is a decent site for rotational grazing, that is what we do here.

The reason I was wondering what type of grass it was is that I want to make hay this summer/fall with it, and it seems like it is a decent hay species when cut at the leafy stage (as opposed to the stemmy stage).  Fresh, leafy yellow bluestem has 7-10% protein.  I think I could get a decent 2-3 tons per acre, if I get on it and watch things closely.

Now, 7-10% protein isn't great, but it isn't bad, and it is better than corn or sorghum stover.
 
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hügel wrote:
Always depends on who you are. I just read that this (native) species has actually become extinct in my region ...


You can have all of mine. 

 
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