Smooth Bromegrass

(Bromus inermis)

Smooth bromegrass is an important forage grass. It is an introduced grass which has been growing for so many years, that many farmers and ranchers think of it as a native grass. It is a very palatable, long-lived, cool-season grass, spreading by underground roots, often forming a dense sod. It requires nitrogen fertilizer for satisfactory pro- 
ductivity. It has been planted extensively in irrigated pastures in the cooler parts of New Mexico. Some farmers are using smooth bromegrass with alfalfa under irrigation in the medium elevations and are obtaining not only increased yields of hay but higher quality feed. Under non irrigated conditions, bromegrass is planted at high elevations in New Mexico if there is adequate winter and spring moisture. Under dry land conditions, bromegrass stands tend to die out in about ten years. 

The seed is light in weight but can be drilled or broadcast without too much difficulty. The seed should be drilled about 1.3 to 2.5 cm (1/2 to 1 in.) deep. 


6.7 to 9 kg PLS/hectare 
6 to 8 Ibs. PLS/acre 


236,000 per lb. (0.46 kg) 

(There are numerous varieties of smooth bromegrass - too many for a publication of this type to cover. Therefore, if you are interested in one for your location and conditions, inquire and we will suggest the variety best adapted to your needs.) 

Lincoln is a southern type cultivar which greens up early in the spring. Lincoln has good seedling vigor and good drought resistance.

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