Side Oats

Botanical Name Bouteloua curtipendula


BUTTE was selected for superior germination and establishment characteristics when compared with other sources.

EL RENO is outstanding in leafiness, forage production, and vigor. It ranks well in disease resistance, seed production, and winter hardiness. It is widely used in range seedings and widely adapted in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

TRAILWAY is described as winter hardy, long-lived, late-maturing with a somewhat indeterminate heading and flowering response. Requires most of the growing season to mature a crop in eastern Nebraska and may fail to produce seed in areas with a shorter growing season.

AREA OF ADAPTATION: Sideoats Grama is found in range sites of up to 8,000 feet elevation. It is adapted to a wide range of soil and climatic conditions but prefers medium to coarse-textured soils. It is an important plant for use in re-seeding programs for many plains and foothills sites as a mixture or used alone. A 12 to 25 inch MAP zone is recommended. The plant has moderate drought resistance.

PLANTING: The seed is chaffy in nature and is best planted with special grass drills. Plant at 1/4 inch depth on fine-textured soils and 3/4 inch on coarser textured soils. Plant 4 to 6 lbs. PLS per acre for dryland pasture and 3 to 5 lbs. per acre for rangeland seeding. Plant in the spring or early summer in order to germinate and establish seedlings while the soil is warm. Dormant seedings after November 1st have proven very successful.

MANAGEMENT: Sideoats Grama is used for pasture and occasionally for hay. It is used often in mixtures for seeding eroded fields and depleted ranges. It has moderate grazing tolerance and a 3 to 6-inch stubble should be left to maintain a better range condition.

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