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Luna Pubescent Wheatgrass


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Elytrigia intermedia ssp. Trichophorum

Pubescent Wheatgrass is a long-lived, sod-forming grass. It was introduced into the United States from Eurasia in 1934 and has primarily been used in the intermountain and northern Great Plains for permanent seedings on rangeland and for waterways on farmland. It establishes rapidly under favorable conditions but is not considered an invasive species as it does not spread from the original planting site. It can coexist with native plants and adds additional biodiversity in mixed situations. Pubescent Wheatgrass is adapted to a wide range of precipitation, temperature, and elevation conditions, and good stands on rangeland retard the invasion of undesired shrub and grass species. It is useful for hay and pasture. Its outstanding feature is its ability to stay green into the Summer months when soil moisture is adequate. With its early Spring growth, Pubescent Wheatgrass can be grazed one to two weeks earlier than most other grasses and provides a preferred feed for cattle, sheep, horses, deer, antelope and elk throughout the growing season. It is well adapted to stabilization of disturbed soils and can be used in critical and urban areas where irrigation water is limited to stabilize ditch banks, dikes and roadsides. This grass can also be use to build soils because of its heavy root production. Ungrazed strips provide good nesting cover for game birds and migratory waterfowl. The best dryland results are obtained from seeding in very early Spring. Irrigated lands can be seeded through the Summer, with Fall seedings possible with good irrigation or rainfall. Seedling vigor is good and new stands can provide good weed suppression. Light frequent irrigations are beneficial for stand establishment. For maximum production, Pubescent Wheatgrass should be seeded in a mixture with a legume to obtain higher-quality hay and higher yield. Pubescent Wheatgrass is different than other wheatgrass species by the presence of short, stiff hairs, on the heads and seeds. Compared to Intermediate Wheatgrass, it is more winter hardy and can tolerate lower fertility, higher elevations and drier conditions, but it has lower forage yields in favorable conditions. Compared to Crested Wheatgrass, it is less drought tolerant, but has higher forage yields and quality. 'Luna' Pubescent Wheatgrass is high in nutritive value and is recommended for pasture and hay in regions of the northern and central Great Plains with slightly more rain (an average at least 14 inches of annual precipitation).

Growing Height: 24 to 36"
Min Yearly Rainfall: 14"
Seeds Per Pound: 100000
Acre Rate: 20 lbs
Lbs per 1000sq feet: 2 lbs

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Sod Former
Clay, Loam, Sandy

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