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Topics : Species and Forage Variety Trials : Species Fact Sheets : Warm-Season Grasses

Species: Warm-Season Grasses

Additional warm-season grasses information via the Forage Information System (FIS)

Big Bluestem & Switchgrass Summary

Warm-season grasses such as big bluestem and switchgrass can provide forage for animals throughout the summer months when cool-season grasses become less productive. Warm-season grasses establish relatively slow, however, if they are properly managed, a stand of warm-season grasses can last for many years. Because of the expense and difficulty in establishment, these grasses should be established as permanent sod pastures or hay fields. Warm-season grasses are not as well suited for crop rotation as the cool-season forage crops.