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Species: Smooth Bromegrass

Additional smooth bromegrass information via the Forage Information System (FIS)

Smooth Bromegrass Summary

Smooth bromegrass is a deep-rooted, sod- forming grass which grows best on fertile, well- drained soils with pH above 6.0. It will not tolerate frequent cutting. Spring harvest should be made before jointing or after the early-flower stage of development to ensure maximum smooth bromegrass persistence. This restriction on harvesting makes bromegrass unsuitable in mixture with alfalfa that will be harvested at the bud stage. However, mixtures with legumes that will not be harvested before 1/10 bloom are excellent. Smooth bromegrass is a good cool-season grass for Pennsylvania conditions but proper management is essential to obtain adequate yield and persistence.