Tall Wheatgrass

Species: Tall wheatgrass [Thinopyrum ponticum (Podp.) Barkworth & Dewey]
Cultivars: ‘Jose’
Origin: Asia
Use: Grazing, hay
Description:
General:

Life Span:

3-6 feet tall, bunchgrass. Auricles present; blue-green leaves.
Perennial
Adaptation:
pH:
Soil:

Rainfall:

5.5-10
Clay-loam, (heavy soils). Adapts to sandy-loam but recommended for deeper, clay soils. Tolerates saline soils. Should not be planted in shallower uphill soils.
10-32 inches.
Management:
Seeding Rate:

Planting Date:
Planting Depth:
Seed Cost:
Season of Use:
Production:

12-15 lb/Acre. Good establishment when using a ‘Brillion’ seeder.
September-October
<0.25-0.75 inch (dust in).
$18-25/A
March-July
3000-6000 lb/A
Notes:
  • Weed control in April-May and fertilize in Fall (like you would wheat) and February (50 lb N/Acre).
  • Adaptation to Northern most areas of Texas, currently under evaluation (2006). Stand in fair condition after 1-6 years.
  • Requires a clean seed bed for good establishment.
  • Medium palatability.
  • High seedling vigor.
  • Pull-off by June 1st to allow rest and avoid loosing stand in the long term.
  • Stocking rates of 1.5 animals units/Acre (250 cow-calf pair/240 acres) reported by ranchers in North Texas.

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