Plains Bristlegrass

(Setaria macrostachya)

Plains Bristlegrass is a short-lived bunchgrass found on sandy to medium-textured soils mostly in the southern two-thirds of New Mexico below elevations of 1,250 m (4,100 ft.). It is usually associated with mesquite, gravelly washes and disturbed sandy areas. Though sometimes found in pure stands in barrow ditches along highways, it never makes up much of the total composition in range vegetation. Plains Bristlegrass is highly palatable to all classes of livestock when it is green but becomes strawy after maturity. Seed can be drilled quite easily.




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



293,000 per lb. (0.46 kg)


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