Switchgrass

Species: Switchgrass, (Panicum virgatum L.)
Cultivars: Alamo
Origin: North America
Use: Grazing, hay, biomass energy production.
Description:
General:
Life Span:
4-6 feet tall, bunchgrass.
Perennial
Adaptation:
pH:
Soil:
Rainfall:
Temperature:
5.5-7.5
Sandy-loam, clay-loam.
20-40 inches.
-10ยบ F (minimum).
Management:
Seeding Rate:

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

Fertilization:

2 lb PLS/A. Using conventional equipment like Brillion seeders, or other drills, seed is planted on narrow rows (4-6 inches).
April
0.25 inch
$16/A
May-October
4000-8000 lb/A; when well fertilized yield ranges from 8,000-20,000 depending on seasonal rainfall.
5-100 lb/Ac.
Notes:
  • Used as biomass energy feedstock.
  • Switchgrass is one of the main prairie-type grasses together with big bluestem, little bluestem, and indiangrass.

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