Johnson and Asay have shown these two traits to be the most important in breeding lines of crested wheatgrass and Russian wildrye in the western United States.
By following these selection criteria during the past 15 years, Logan scientists and others at Mandan, North Dakota, and in Canada have been able to develop and release Hycrest crested wheatgrass and Swift, Mankota, and Bozoisky-Select Russian wildryes.
So seeding globemallow along with crested wheatgrass
may reduce cases of grass tetany.
In crested wheatgrass, purple leaves are a sign of stress and reduced growth.
Related to Hycrest, another crested wheatgrass developed by Asay and colleagues at Logan, CD-II is leafier and produces more growth in early spring.
One mix that's doing well combines the Logan laboratory's new RoadCrest crested wheatgrass
and the lab's older Bozoisky Russian wildrye with the Army's own blend of natives like slender wheatgrass, Indian ricegrass, sideoats grama, and lovegrass.
For the study, a total of 84 pregnant Angus cows spent early November through late January either in corrals, where they were fed the traditional winter supplement, alfalfa hay; or in pasture planted, or seeded, with forage kochia and crested wheatgrass
Klement also noticed more expansive areas of crested wheatgrass
and yellow sweetclover, with the bright yellow flowers of the clover casting color over some grassy stretches.
Lawns of cool-season grasses (bluegrass, creeping bent grass, crested wheatgrass
, and fescues) should be seeded in mid- to late August (July at higher elevations).
In a study at two Mandan, North Dakota, locations, Kristine Nichols, a microbiologist with the ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory, found that soils under native grasses--switchgrass, blue grama, big bluestem, and indiangrass--have higher levels of glomalin than soils planted to normative grasses, such as Russian wildrye, intermediate wheatgrass, crested wheatgrass
, and western wheatgrass.
Russian wildryes, originally from Russia and China, were introduced into the United States in the 1950s in part because they withstand drought more readily than crested wheatgrass.
Vavilov II is a new Siberian wheatgrass cultivar and a close relative of crested wheatgrass cultivars.
In 1984, FRRL scientists partnered in the development of Hycrest crested wheatgrass
, which became the leading crested wheatgrass
grown on the western rangelands for approximately 10 years.