Thursday, June 10, 2010

Gamagrass and Switchgrass

This marks the third growing season for our native warm season grasses (NWSG). It has been remarkable how the NWSG has flourished after the control burns. While no quails have been seen or heard, other wildlife has been utilizing the NWSG.



The photo above shows the gamagrass on July 5th. The photo at right shows some of the switchgrass in one of the field border areas at the beginning of the third season following a late winter controlled burn. This is about six or seven weeks after the burn.


Last week several turkey hens were seen exiting the gamagrass. The cows also broke through the fence into the gamagrass and had an unplanned feast. The gama seems to be rebounding nicely from the unplanned grazing and producing even more turkey foot seed stems. We are hoping that the seeds produce even more gamagrass and fill in for an even thicker stand. The picture below was taken in late spring after burning in March.

The gamagrass doesn't grow much the first year. We planted the gama at the first of April. The grass was cut each fall. The burning at the beginning of year three has caused it to flourish. It is shading out the competition.

This shows a couple of views of another NWSG field border area adjacent to a small pond.

3 comments:

anthony said...

Hi iam from Wayne Co two over from you.I planted H2o2 soaked seed last week how long will it take to come up.

Steve said...

To Anthony in Wayne County. The gamma grass doesn't grow much the first year. We planted the gamma at the first of April. The grass was cut each fall. The burning at the beginning of year three has caused it to flourish.

allen dean said...

Hi, I am Dean and I am located in Central Georgia.I planted gamagrass in early spring 2011 and had the first cut for hay in June 2012. Of course I didn't get the amount of bales I would have liked, but I know it is still early yet. I was curious if your gamagrass is still doing good and if you bale any. Any regrets for planting it, would you do anything differently? Thanks.