Mississippi Native Grass Variety Trials, 2016
In recent years, a renewed interest in the use of native crops for forage has prompted selections of ecotypes and development of cultivars that may be better adapted to current forage production systems. This information bulletin discusses the results of trials with the most common native grasses that show adaption to soil and climatic conditions in Mississippi, such as big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), and indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans). Typically, these cultivars are merely ecotypes chosen from specific areas and adapted for use at different locations. There now exists a need to reevaluate the performance of many of these improved varieties for use in Mississippi.
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