Tired of tilling? It’s time to throw in the trowel and let soil microorganisms do the work.
This unique seed-throwing grass plays an important role in rebuilding damaged shortgrass prairie.
Buffalo grass (Buchloe dactyloides) is characteristic of a shortgrass prairie plant, only reaching two to eight inches in height. It may grow upright, or its stems may lie on the ground and curl up toward the tips. They are slender and solid. The leaf blades are fine-textured, being less than 1/8 inch wide. They reach…… Continue reading Buffalo Grass
This cool-season grass can be a boon in the pasture or a bane in a wildlife planting.
In cool, moist climates, few plants make better forage or turf than Kentucky bluegrass.
Water for Every Farm is rather heavy reading, but it does address adapting farming practices to the land.
Attractive ornamental or pesky pasture invader? Silver bluestem excels in both roles.
Its wide distribution and importance to the prairie ecosystem have made little bluestem the state grass of Kansas.
Looking for an easy introduction to the complex topic of grazing management? Give this bulletin a try—Intensive Grazing: An Introductory Homestudy Course by Burt Smith. Intensive Grazing starts with information, introducing the three necessities of grazing: Objective. Flexibility. Control. Next comes the basics of the four tools that are used to balance the three necessities:…… Continue reading Intensive Grazing: An Introductory Homestudy Course
Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) is one of the most iconic plants of the tallgrass prairie. Its sturdy, upright stems are usually covered with a blue, waxy coating, giving it its name. These stems grow in clumps and vary dramatically in height depending on the environment. Big bluestem can be a modest three feet tall, but…… Continue reading Big Bluestem