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SwitchgrassPanicum virgatum L.

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Longevity:

Perennial

Palatability:

Medium

Winter Hardiness:

Good

Growth Habit:

Bunchlike, short rhizomes.

Drought Tolerance:

Good

Cool or Warm Season:

Warm

Use and Comments:

High-yielding, warm season pasture and hay, wildlife cover.

Distribution in U.S.:

Great Plains and Midwest.

Height:
3-6 feet.
Round.
Leaves:
Small nest of hair where blade attaches to sheath.
Inflorescence:
Open panicle.

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Soil
Drainage:
Somewhat Poorly Drained
Fertility:
Low-Medium
pH:
5.4-8.2
 
 
Seed
Color:
Floret shiny greenish-tan; bare caryopsis gray
Shape:
Pointed column.
Other Characteristics:
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Pounds Per Bushel:
40
Seeds Per Pound:
389,000
Seeding Rate:
5-8 pounds PLS per acre.
Seeding Date (Indiana):
Apr 15-May 30
Emergence Time (Days):
21
Optimum Germ. Temp. (F):
60-70

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For more forage information contact Dr. Keith Johnson: johnsonk@purdue.edu

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