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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Eastern gamagrass forage quality as influenced by harvest management
Year: 2000
Author(s): Salon, P. R., Cherney, D. J. R.
Source Title: Proceedings of the 2nd Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 298-304
Original Publication:  
Abstract: Eastern gamagrass is a highly productive native perennial, warm season grass which is palatable and highly digestible. Eastern gamagrass can be utilized for hay, silage, and intensively managed pasture. Most forage quality and yield information for eastern gamagrass has been generated in the midwest and south. It is suspected that although yields maybe lower in the northeast, the forage quality of warm season grasses may be superior to those grown in warmer regions. Information on forage quality and yield is needed in the northeast to help determine the feasibility of using gamagrass in the region. It is of interest to determine the proper growth stage to cut eastern gamagrass and to ascertain its rate of decline during maturity. Information is needed about forage quality variability within eastern gamagrass. Reproductive and vegetative tillers were looked at separately in order to determine if selecting for specific tiller types in a breeding program would influence total herbage forage quality and to compare eastern gamagrass with other warm season grasses studied in a similar fashion. Objectives were to 1)evaluate the forage quality of eastern gamagrass grown in the northeast, 2) determine the effects of cutting dates and intervals of forage quality, 3) assess forage quality differences between accessions for reproductive and vegetative tillers, and 4) evaluate the difference in forage quality between reproductive and vegetative tillers of eastern gamagrass.
Publisher: Agricultural Research Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service, Beltsville, MD
Editor(s): J. R. Ritchie