Image Source : Haddock, Michael John. Wildflowers and Grasses of Kansas. University Press of Kansas, 2005.
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Planting Rate :
4 to 6 PLS lbs/acre
Indiangrass is a warm-season tall grass. It is a bunching sod-former that grows from 3 to 5 feet tall in leafy clumps. It isn’t normally found as a dominant species.
HOLT is moderately early in maturing. It is superior in leafiness and yield to early maturing strains from the Northern and Western sandhills regions of Nebraska. It has relatively finer leaves and stems than later maturing varieties from more southerly sources, which may produce more total forage.
NEBRASKA 54 is a tall, leafy, late-maturing variety adapted to eastern and southern Nebraska and adjacent states. Plants have proven to be vigorous and productive, with high seed yields.
OSAGE is the latest maturing variety in Indiangrass. The leafy variety is known for its excellent forage production even during the driest of years.
TOMAHAWK is suited for fertile, well drained soils and is best adapted to Minnesota, North and South Dakota.
CHEYENNE is adapted to grow in tall grass prairie regions from north Texas to southern Nebraska and east to the Atlantic coast.
AREA OF ADAPTATION: It grows in areas from near sea level to about 7,000 feet in elevation in the Southwestern Mountains. It is found in Midwestern and Southern prairies and savannas.
PLANTING: The seed is chaffy, and special grass drills developed for this type of seed should be used. Drill the seed at 1/4 inch in moist, fine textured soils and 3/4 inch in drier, looser and coarser soil conditions. Planting should take place in the spring. Dormant seedings after November 1st have proven very successful. Range seedings of Indiangrass are seldom used alone.
MANAGEMENT: Mixed stands of Yellow Indiangrass, with it in secondary amounts, are grazed seasonally and cut for hay. Sometimes it is seeded alone for pasture or hay. Periodic rests from grazing during the growing season must be provided to maintain grass stand. This species is well-suited for use with cool season species in separate pastures to improve and extend production where there is a longer growing season.