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Dacotah Switchgrass - 5 LB. (BULK POUNDS) (Northern Variety) - Ships from Colorado

 
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Product Code: NGS-DACOTAH-05

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Shipping Weight: 7.00 pounds

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Switchgrass Seed Facts - Variety Dacotah

Dacotah was developed and released from North Dakota. 
This switchgrass has good cold hardiness, but is not as tall as other varieties.

Switchgrass has been called the grass of the future for it's versatility and environmental advantages. These varieties of switchgrass seed perform best in the upland areas of the USA, see our chart below. A native grass to North America, Switchgrass seed is used to produce a forage grass for livestock, make a beautiful ornamental grass, performs well for erosion control and switchgrass is being developed for use as a bio-fuel to name just a few of the uses for Switchgrass. Switchgrass has several ecological uses, which include prairie restoration, soil conservation, water quality improvement, and wildlife forage and habitat. It is also used in pastures and for hay crop production. All of these uses for Switchgrass are relative to it's growth stages, i.e. when used as a forage it should be grazed before flowering. There are several varieties of this warm season grass which we discuss below. *Note: Switchgrass seed variety in this product will vary according to availability..

Features and Uses For Switchgrass

  • Ornamental Native Grass
  • Pasture Grass for Livestock Forage
  • Bio-fuel - Switchgrass can be used to produce Ethanol to replace fossil fuels
  • Erosion Control
  • Eco-friendly - Switchgrass requires little if any chemical Fertilization
  • Switchgrass captures carbon dioxide (greenhouse gases) naturally

Areas Of Adaptation For SwitchgrassUSA Map of Where Switchgrass Grows

Switchgrass is adapted to most of the USA and parts of Canada as shown in the USDA map here to the right. Switchgrass varieties can be divided into two types, lowland (southern) and upland (northern). Lowland varieties of Switchgrass perform well in areas where there is a longer growing season with warmer temperatures such as the Southern USA. Upland Switchgrass varieties are more cold tolerant and thus have higher winter survivability making them well suited for the Northern USA.

Switchgrass Variety & Adaptation Chart


Variety
Ecotype
Maximum
Height (In.)
Seed Origin Latitude Minimum Annual Precipitation Needed* Maturity
Alamo
Lowland
120" (300 cm)
TX
29
25" (64 cm)
Late
Blackwell
Upland
50" (125 cm)
OK
37
20" (50 cm)
Mid
Cave-In-Rock
Intermediate
60" (150 cm)
IL
38
25" (64 cm)
Mid-late
Dacotah
Upland
60" (150 cm)
ND
46
20" (50 cm)
Early
Kanlow
Lowland
100" (250 cm)
OK
35
30" (76 cm)
Mid
NE 28
Upland
60"(150 cm)
NE
42
20" (50 cm)
Mid
Sunburst
Upland
75" (188 cm)
SD
43
20" (50 cm)
Early
Trailblazer
Upland
60" (150 cm)
NE
40
20" (50 cm)
Mid
* For adequate biomass production, provide supplemental irrigation if natural precipitation is inadequate in your area

Soil, Climate and Fertility Requirements for Switchgrass

Switchgrass grows well in fine to coarse textured soils, and in regions where annual precipitation falls between 15 and 30 inches or more per year. Switchgrass is an immense biomass producer, and can reach heights of 10 feet or more in wetter areas of the country. The differences in switchgrass varieties are related to local soil and climatic characteristics, with eastern and southern varieties adapted to higher moisture conditions, and western and northern varieties adapted to drier conditions. Switchgrass generally will grow with little or no fertilization, but if you are using it as a large production crop you need to test your soil for pH, phosphorous and potassium levels.

Establishment of Switchgrass

Planting Rates will vary according to variety and the intended use for your Switchgrass.  Please see individual products for more information.

Planting Rates:

  • Planting With Wildflowers = 2 lbs./acre.
  • Planting alone = 8-10 lbs./acre.
  • For Biomass uses = with a density of greater than 2 plants per Sq. Ft. plant 8 -10 lbs. per acre.
  • Planting Depth = 1/4 to 1/2 inch - No Deeper
  • Type = Warm Season Perennial
  • Botanical Name = Pancium virgatum
  • Areas of Adaptation - Switchgrass is found and grows in all of the USA except the Pacific Northwest and California.
Avoid seeding at rates higher than the above listed recommendations when planting with wildflowers. There is 43,560 sq. ft. in an acre. Bulk pounds per acre are broadcast rates.

Please see Virginia Extension for information on managing Switchgrass as a forage crop and handling seed dormancy issues which are a characteristic of switchgrass seed.

Visit our Informational Sites for more on Switchgrass:
www.nativegrasses.com
www.farmseeds.com

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