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What Grass Is This?

Discussion in 'Pasture, Hay, & Forages: Information & Management' started by Baymule, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. Jul 6, 2018
    Baymule

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    We have a few clumps of this grass growing in front of the portable building and in the driveway. It is a clump grass about 8” tall, seed stems about 12” tall, a pretty bluish green color. It contrasts with the bright green of the Poor Joe and Bahia around it. Is this a desirable grass or a scourge that I need to dig up and burn? LOL

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  2. Jul 6, 2018
    greybeard

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    Looks like what I call wood oats. Properly called Longleaf Uniola Chasmanthium sessiliflorum

     
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  3. Jul 7, 2018
    Baymule

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    Thanks @greybeard !!! Do you have any growing on your place and do your cattle eat it? I have plenty of shady places, thinking about transplanting some. This is not growing in any pasture areas, but I haven't gone looking either. I guess I could turn the sheep out in the yard (yard-LOL LOL) to see if they go after it. They have a tendency to snack on my husband's Crepe Myrtle and he gets perturbed about that...…
     
  4. Jul 7, 2018
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    If that's the same thing I've got in couple of areas (and it looks like it might be) - both my horses and goats eat it. At least if it's not the perfect forage it won't "take over" your pasture since it doesn't like full sun....and it might get you some decent forage in the shady areas...so I don't think I'd try to eradicate it. :hu But, like you said - put the sheep on it and let 'em test it out!
     
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  5. Jul 7, 2018
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    I have none of it here that I know of, but it grows in the National Forest and I have seen some wood oat at my sister's place up the road. Her cows wouldn't eat it....too tough, and that's saying a lot when Beefmasters with their Brahma makeup won't eat something.
     
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    I think I just need to let them out and observe.
     
  7. Jul 22, 2018
    Baymule

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    I turned the Sheep out. It wasn’t their choice the first day, but day 2 they hugely enjoyed it. I think I’ll transplant and gather seeds when it cools off.

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  9. Jul 22, 2018
    greybeard

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    A closer look reveals some other seedheads & appears you have some variety of Kyllinga mixed in as well. A very tough, stemmy, wiry grass and it is very difficult to get rid of.

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  10. Jul 22, 2018
    Baymule

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    I didn't know what it was called, but it is not the sheep's favorite. They will eat it, they go for the seed heads first. Looks like they missed a couple. It makes a big clump. I think I have broom sedge too. They absolutely don't eat that. I'll get pictures and post them for confirmation.