Big Bluestem (Kaw)

(Andropogon gerardi)

Big Bluestem is a tall, long-lived, rhizomatous, bunchgrass adapted to a wide range of soils. It occurs throughout the central Great Plains and on calcareous soils from Georgia to east Texas. It is highly palatable to cattle from late spring until fall, and it is preferred over other species by elk in its early growth stages. Big Bluestem is used for pasture, hay, native landscaping, wildlife cover and stabilization of disturbed areas.

Plant seed 0.6 to 2.5 cm (¼ to 1 in.) deep on fine to moderately coarse soils and slightly deeper on sand. Seeding dates are March-April in the southern Great Plains and April-May in the central and northern Great Plains. Stands develop slowly and are not usually established until the second year.

 

SEEDING RATES:

5.6 to 9 kg PLS/hectare
5 to 8 lbs. PLS/acre

 

NUMBER OF SEEDS:

130,000 per lb. (0.46 kg)

 
VARIETIES:

KAW
A late-maturing variety recommended for central Nebraska and south into Oklahoma.


 


Alkali Sacaton
 
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Green Sprangletop
 
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Prairie Sandreed
 
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Tabosa
 
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