Tuesday, June 13, 2017

1150 Growing Degree Days (B42)

Smooth Bromegrass is pollinating.

Growing up, there were three kinds of grass.  All lawns were Bluegrass.  All tall grasses in hay fields were Bromegrass (even if it wasn't).  All grass in the strawberry patch was Quack grass.  Life was simple back then.

Bromegrass is very cold hardy, very drought hardy and highly digestible by farm animals due to the high ratio of blades to stem.  It is the "go to" grass for the northern plains states.

Bromegrass does not respond well to repeated, low mowing or grazing.
You can tell it is pollinating when the little, yellow anthers hang down from the spikelet.
It seems to produce much less pollen than Orchard grass.

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