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Help identifying this grass
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Chuck, WA    Posted 09-08-2002 at 07:43:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've posted a picture to the photo gallery that is a composite of grass that's growing in my pasture. I moved here last November, so this is the first I've seen the the grass headed out.

The picture shows the a stem of grass, then also a magnified pic of the head. I cut the head stem so I could show both the blade part of the stem and the head part with a really long pic, but the cut was just above the upper of the two blades.

The head looks like timiothy, but I don't recall timothy being reddish, which this certainly is, but then turns lighter as it develops.

If you know what grass this is, is it a desireable grass for pasture, or something I should try to eliminate? I intend to use the pasture for horse hay.

I'm located in south-central Washington state - on the dry side of the mountains - if that's any help.

I haven't had much luck posting the pics here, so you'll have to go to the gallery to see it.

Incidentally, in case it might be of use to anybody, I made the picture by just laying the grass on my scanner and with the lid open (gives a nice black background that way), scanning it. Scanners can accommodate 3D as well as flat paper - but only over a limited thickness. Try and can get good, high resolution over a large area - can be way over 5 megapixels as the current high-end digital cameras get - but at higher resolutions, file sizes can get huge. With your eyes closed, put the tip of your nose on the scanner glass and scan - will give you an idea of how much depth you can scan.


Chuck, WA    Posted 09-08-2002 at 20:51:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks y'all. Pretty good consensus - must be foxtail. Guess I should think about how to get rid of it.

Ron/PA    Posted 09-08-2002 at 12:00:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sure looks like what we call "foxtail on the east coast" and no, most critters won't eat it in pasture. However, as many a midwest farmer will tell you, dried and baled most steers and bovine will eat it very well all winter, cause in a drought year, "IT BEATS EATIN SNOWBALLS"

Patria777    Posted 09-08-2002 at 09:40:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
In PR we call it 'pastillo' but the common name is Virginia Wild Rye,if i'm right in identifying your picture.Don't know much about pastures for horses but I doubt they would eat these.But then again,I could be wrong here.

Later Chuck

Burrhead    Posted 09-08-2002 at 10:03:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
You are right Patria. This is a weed and I don't know any animal that will eat it unless they get starved down to it.

glen sw wi    Posted 09-08-2002 at 09:34:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Try this - good pictures to help identify. or just look up foxtail grass.

Larry    Posted 09-08-2002 at 08:26:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I'm guessing it's fox tail,or giant fox tail.

Burrhead    Posted 09-08-2002 at 08:24:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
If my drug store glasses are working right today that looks like what they call fox tail around here.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 09-08-2002 at 09:06:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We call it FOXTAIL here too Burr and Larry.
Later Bob

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