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University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist

Final Trial Results Published

Final results from the National Grass Trials were published in HortTechnology in October 2017.   

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Final Trial Results Published

Final results from the National Grass Trials were published in HortTechnology in October 2017.   

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Little bluestem and switchgrass study complete

The first national grass trial has been completed and results were published in the October 2017 issue of HortTechnology.  Data from 2012-2015 can be found below for the 11 locations that participated in the trials.

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Grasses At Colorado State

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Colorado 2015 Results

The National Grass Trials at Colorado State University has attached the final 2015 data with both a full report and averaged data. All of the grasses did well this year, despite numerous adverse weather conditions such as extreme weather event … Continue reading

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Minnesota 2015 Grass Trial Results

National Grass Trials 2015 data Minnesota The 2015 growing season was long and almost perfect for Minnesota. The 17 switchgrass and 5 little bluestem in the National Grass Trails were fun to watch. Data is in the link above.

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Variation in ‘Cheyenne Sky’

‘Cheyenne Sky’ switchgrass is a medium sized switch with a lot of purple foliage. It has been one of my favorites in the trials but this spring there is a lot of variation in the 4 plants we have. Thee … Continue reading

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Switchgrass Comparison in Minnesota

Here is a link to the Comparison Table of 17 Panicum as of August 14, 2014 in Minnesota.

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Earliest Flowers on Switchgrass

Here are the first flowers on switchgrass in 2014 in Minnesota: July 15: Rotstrahlbusch; Rehbraun; Shenandoah; and Heavy Metal, shown below.July 23: Cheyenne Sky; Prairie Fire; Dust Devil; Prairie Sky; Badlands and Hot Rod are all showing flowering tips. No … Continue reading

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Seedlings in Switchgrass

Lots of seedlings coming in the grass trials this year. We used a pre-emergent herbicide, but it looks like our timing was late. Several cultivars seem to have heavy seed set. Look closely and you can see the seedlings just … Continue reading

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