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Forage Identification and Use Guide

Caucasian Bluestem

Bothriochloa caucasica

Caucasian bluestem has finer leaves and is lower growing than the native warm-season grasses. It has a pale green color similar to orchardgrass.

Leafy, warm-season, perennial bunchgrass. Deep rooted and drought tolerant with fine stems. Grows 2 to 4 feet tall.

Pasture and hay.

More uniform growth rates over summer season, more tolerant of close grazing than native warm-season grasses. Multiple cuttings possible.

Fluffy seed that is hard to handle, slow to establish. Can become a weed in crop fields. No cover value for wildlife. Quality and animal acceptance declines rapidly with maturity compared to big bluestem and indiangrass.

Rate: 2-4 lb/a PLS*
Depth: ¼-½ in
Date: Apr 15-Jun 1

First harvest: Jun 15-Jul 15
Annual yield: 3-5 tons dry matter/a

*Pure live seed, or PLS, is equal to the percent germination multiplied by percent purity, both expressed as decimals. For example, a big bluestem seedlot that is 70% pure seed and 50% germination would be 35% pure live seed.

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