He talked about it's attributes as far as being used for bio-fuel, however, his talk about switchgrass as a cattle forage is what really got my attention. Surplus switchgrass is sold for silt socks, cattle feed and other byproducts. One of its benefits is that it is low in potassium relative to the more commonly used wheat straw. not switchgrass can be incorporated into existing production systems common to the region to encourage investment into large-scale biorefineries. Overgrazing these preferred, highly palatable plants will eventually cause them to die and allow the further spread of introduced bluestems. A literature review conducted by the University of Tennessee and funded by USDA found strong evidence that using native warm-season grasses caused steers to gain more weight per day and yield more beef per acre, … Switch grass, Panicum virgatum, is one of many native prairie grasses that have been developed as ornamental grasses.Switchgrass – also called tall panic grass, tall prairiegrass, wild redtop, thatchgrass, and other common names – is one of the main species of grasses of the North American tallgrass prairie, ranging from southern Canada (south of latitude 55°N) to Mexico over most … Sat in on a presentation today by one of the Noble Foundation guys regarding switchgrass. For in-stance, Burns, Mochrie, and Timothy [16]reportedthat switchgrass pastures evaluated in North Carolina maintained a long growing season and had a valuable impact on average daily gain. It is highly adaptable to a wide range of soils and growing conditions. Surplus switchgrass is sold for silt socks, cattle feed and other byproducts. Switchgrass has many uses and applications. Production of winter pasture and grazing beef stocker cattle on cool-season pastures is one of the primary agricultural production systems in the southern Great Plains (Taylor et al., 2010). Switchgrass is a popular species to include in prairie restorations and CRP plantings. Pastures dominated by switchgrass are abundant throughout Nebraska and adjoining states. Find out more by visiting our website! Switchgrass often is the first choice among farmers trying a warm-season grass for the first time. Valuable as livestock forage, wildlife habitat, erosion control and biofuel source. Re: Switchgrass and Sudangrass Post by TN Cattle Man » Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:53 pm For the past three years we have been planting a Sorghum-Sudangrass (CF Cow Chow by Caverndale Farms) hybrid in some of our "weaker" rotational fields (generally the fields we Winter the cattle in). [17] reported average daily gains rangingbetween0.83and1.05kghd−1 for stocker cattle A thick stand of Switchgrass makes excellent winter and early spring wildlife cover because of its ability to remain in an upright position when covered with snow or ice. And they may have found it in biomass crops like miscanthus and switchgrass. So, there are lots of advantages of growing green fodder of your own. Although it is best adapted to areas with moderate to moist soils, switchgrass has deep roots and can withstand droughts and dry soils. This species has been more easily established and less expensive than big bluestem or Indiangrass; however, it sometimes is considered to be less palatable. It is also known as tall panic grass, blackbent, Wobsqua grass, and thatchgrass.Switchgrass is used for a wide range of applications and has been notably mentioned as a possible source of biomass for fuels such as ethanol.. Switchgrass is good for feeding cattle and other livestock. 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