Wheatgrass. Slender

Planting Rate 8 to 14 PLS LBS per Acre
Seed Count 160,000 per lb.
Botanical Name Agropyron trachycaulum
Life Cycle Short-Lived Perennial
Environment Full Sun
Grazing Value Very Good


Slender Wheatgrass is a short-lived, cool-season perennial. It is a bunchgrass.

PRIMAR is a vigorous, early-growing wheatgrass. It is long-lived, grows semi-erect, and is slender. This grass is usually 10 days earlier in seed maturity and 5 to 10 inches taller than late commercial strains. Its leaves and stems are moderately coarse and a glaucous gray-green. The plants are high in vegetative production. They are resistant to leaf rust, stem rust, and stripe rust. It is superior to common wheatgrass in resistance to head smut. Seed production is moderately heavy. The seeds are relatively large when compared to those of ordinary strains. It is adapted for use in sweet clover, grass conservation mixtures for pasture, hay, and green manure. It is alkali tolerant. It is also adapted to short-lived dryland seedlings in areas with a minimum of 14 inches of rainfall.

REVENUE is superior to Primar in establishment, salinity tolerance, forage and seed yield. It is similar to Primar in maintaining good stands for 3 to 5 years of production. This grass is characterized by a higher leaf to stem ratio, dry matter digestibility and by freedom from smut. It is well-suited for use on saline soils and in short rotation.

AREA OF ADAPTATION: This perennial grass is native to the mountains and higher intermountain areas of the Western United States.

PLANTING: This seed is more easily handled. The seeding grate should be from 5 to 7 lbs. PLS per acre for straight seeding.

MANAGEMENT: Slender Wheatgrass has a very high palatability, good seedling vigor and establishes readily. Because the grass is short-lived (3 to 4 years) in natural conditions, it should not be planted alone unless it is intended for use as a temporary dryland pasture.



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