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What kind of bluestem?

Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:14 pm
by redrobin
It's not broomsedge bluestem
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Re: What kind of bluestem?

Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:10 pm
by Faster horses
I can't help you. I've seen a lot of bluestem, but not with that kind of a head. Looks like a weed.

Re: What kind of bluestem?

Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:43 am
by Texan
That sure looks like what I've always considered to be broomsedge blue. We call it sage grass around here. I guess I've been wrong about that if you're sure that's not what it is. Mine is rank and going to seed now.

It's always nice to see it, because it's something green that comes on late in the summer when everything else is turning yellow or brown. But, it gets rank so fast that cows can't stay on top of it, anyway, so it ends up being what FH called it - a weed.

About the only way to get any value out of it is to cut it for hay - you can make a cow eat it that way. But, I've always either got all the hay I need by this time of year, or it's dry enough that I'm having to graze everything and it wouldn't be worth baling, anyway.

That's quite a diversity of species in that top pic.

Re: What kind of bluestem?

Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:30 am
by redrobin
It's intermixed with sage grass. The stems are round instead of flattened. When this is more vegetative it's a bluer type hue of green than sage. In the bottom picture you can see sage grass in the background. It isn't hardly blooming.

Re: What kind of bluestem?

Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:19 am
by OWE MONEY
That is little bluestem It is an increaser in our sandhills of Nebraska.Does catch a lot of snow though.

Re: What kind of bluestem?

Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:55 pm
by redrobin
OWE MONEY wrote:That is little bluestem It is an increaser in our sandhills of Nebraska.Does catch a lot of snow though.

Thank you sir. It's a little different than some I've seen but I guess that's what it is

Re: What kind of bluestem?

Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:13 pm
by Mike
Looks like our plain old Broomsedge. That and cedar trees are signs of very poor soil.

Re: What kind of bluestem?

Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:14 pm
by redrobin
Mike wrote:Looks like our plain old Broomsedge. That and cedar trees are signs of very poor soil.

did you read the part where I said it wasn't sage?

Re: What kind of bluestem?

Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:20 pm
by redrobin

Re: What kind of bluestem?

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:21 am
by fence
I took these in the pasture for this thread and forgot about it. Redrobbin link looks pretty similar but I would've bet against it.

Most of our grasses are bluestem. King ranch, Dahl , and big. Have a seed head somewhat similar to Bermuda




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