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Species: Reed Canarygrass

Additional reed canarygrass information via the Forage Information System (FIS)

Reed Canarygrass Summary

Reed canarygrass is a tall-growing, perennial grass which is widely adapted to Pennsylvania conditions. It is particularly well adapted to wet soils and soils with a pH below 6.0. Reed canarygrass has unjustly gained a reputation as a low quality, undesirable forage. This misconception is in part due to the high alkaloid content of native varieties and the practice of delaying harvest until reed canarygrass is mature. However, newer varieties of reed canarygrass are equal in quality to other cool-season grasses when harvested at similar stages on maturity. Yield of reed canarygrass is closely related to the rate on N fertilization.