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Warm Season Grass (prairre grass)
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Sam    Posted 03-07-2003 at 15:55:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Has anyone ever established warm season grass in the vicinity of Pennyslvania - ie Indian, Switch grass, Blue Stem or the like?

I'm thinging of getting about 1/2 acre started for wildlife. I didn't prep the field yet and not sure if I should have before now for this years planting. Also, we had such an awfull drought last year, I can't irrigate or water it where it is.

In info or referral would be appreciated.

TomH    Posted 03-08-2003 at 05:46:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Follow this link, look under "Forage, Pasture, and Silage"; there's a publication about warm season grasses you can download. There's probably some other information in the "Wildlife" link of interest to you. Lot's of good information at this site.

sprout    Posted 03-07-2003 at 20:02:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
SAM, I,m not from your area so I'm not sure how well this will apply to your situation. I've planted about 15 acres off switchgrass over the last five years and i am fairly pleased with all of it. all of mine was coming out of crop prodution (after soybeans) into filterstrips for nrcs. The first 1/2 acre i ever did was beanstubble worked with a field cultivator then broadcast straight switchgrass and drug it several times with a spiketooth drag. It looked like sh&t the first year but took off good the will have to do some weed control ie. mow or 24d worked well for me. My best results came from using a brillion seeder and mixing with canada wild rye (CWR) as a cover crop. the rye comes up good the first year were as the switch takes a year or two to get going. i've aslo rented a Bufalo notill drill from nrcs and that worked really well also drilled into bean stubble with CWR @ switchgrass. You don't have to use the canada wild rye but I would highly recomend it as it starts fairly fast and holds down weeds and erosion till the switch over takes it in a year or two. I have seen a lot of wildlife using my filterstrips from Whitetailed deer, phesants, turkeys, rabbits, racoon, and tons of chickadee type birds. Plant, wait, and enjoy the wildlife.

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