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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Establishment of warm-season grasses
Year: 1986
Author(s): Barnhart, S. K., George, J. R.
Source Title: Proceedings of the Four State Grassland Management Workshop: Warm Season Grasses: Facts and Fantasty
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 57-64
Original Publication:  
Abstract: A renewed interest in native perennial warm-season grasses in the four-state region (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska) has led very quickly to the problem of re-establishment of these species. The tallgrass prairie ecompassed much of the four-state area. Thus, the region climatically should support the species most commonly considered as the tallgrass prairie species: switchgrass, big bluestem, and indiangrass. Other warm season native species such as little bluestem, sideoats grama, and many others including introduced species such as caucasian bluestem become much more important as vegetative components in the southern and western portions of the region. This paper will deal with establishment considerations primarily for switchgrass, big bluestem, and indiangrass. The concepts presented are intended to apply in general to the native, warm season grasses of the four-state region, though the authors realize that significant differences exist between species and sites throughout.
Editor(s): B. Anderson