Switchgrass

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Switchgrass grows from 3-6’ tall and is widely used for soil conservation, and most recently has shown promise for biomass fuels. It is best adapted to lower areas of moist soils, but it is also drought resistant, salt and acid tolerant, and winter hardy. The earliest maturing grass, Its high yield capability is well documented; many instances of Switchgrass yielding four tons per acre in one cutting with high amounts of regrowth before frost are common. It can be found at elevations up to 7,000 ft.

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Latin Name

Panicum virgatum

Variety

Blackwell, Dacotah, Forestburg, Nebraska 28

Habitats

Dry gravely slopes, Meadows, Rangelands

Origin

Native

Life Span

Perennial

Season

Warm

Forage

Good for all livestock and fair for wildlife. As plant begins to mature, palatability decreases rapidly.

Seedling Rate

Small Areas: 1 – 2 lbs. per 1000 square feet Larger Areas: 5 – 7 lbs. per acre drilled 10 – 14 lbs. per acre broadcast

Seeds Per Pound

389,000

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