La Crosse, Wisconsin

Switchgrass

Switchgrass

  • Earliest maturing warm-season grass
  • Drought tolerant
  • Salt tolerant
  • Acid tolerant
  • Provides good wildlife cover
  • Excellent erosion control
  • Sand stabilizer

Swithgrass is a native, perennial, warm season sod-forming tall grass. It is most commonly found in prairie lowlands, but will grow under a wide range of climatic conditions. A thick stand of Switchgrass makes excellent winter and early spring wildlife cover because of its ability to remain in an upright position when covered with snow or ice. Many farmers prefer Switchgrass to other varieties of native grasses because of the hard seed coat that easily feeds through conventional seeders. A drought-resistant grass, it even produces well in the driest years. During the summer of 1988, a Missouri producer reported his Switchgrass hayed in mid-July yielded 6000 lbs. per acre, compared to fescue hayed in late May which produced barely 1000 lbs. per acre.

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