Russian Wildrye

(Elymus junceus) 

Russian wildrye is a long-lived, cool-season bunch grass introduced from western Siberia,U.S.S.R. A number of introductions have been made at different times, and selections were made from them to improve seed production. Leaf growth is mostly basal. Seedling vigor is only fair, which makes it slow to establish and sometimes results in poor stands. Once established, the plants are more drought-resistant than standard-crested wheatgrass. 
Russian wild rye has a highly developed root system and is competitive to itself as well as other vegetation. Thus, satisfactory initial stands of Russian wildrye gradually develop into spaced plants with wind and 
water erosion finally leaving the plants pedastalled. Because of this, plantings should not be made on land with more than two percent slope. The species is better adapted to fine-textured soils than sandy soils. The area of use in New Mexico is the same as for crested wheatgrass. Small scale plantings may be made along the lower rainfall limits of crested wheatgrass sites. 
The seed is similar to crested wheatgrass though a little larger and bulkier, and is easily planted with any ordinary drill. Depth of planting should be controlled to 2.5 em (1 in.) or less. The time of planting will correlate itself with the rainfall pattern of the location. 


5.6 to 7.8 kg PLS/hectare 
5 to 7 Ibs. PLS/ acre 

170,000 per lb. (0.46 kg)


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