Help with grass identification

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Help with grass identification

Post by spartacus » Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:56 pm

Can you guys help me ID these three grasses that I’m finding all over a new piece of property?


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Re: Help with grass identification

Post by Bcompton53 » Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:03 pm

last one looks like foxtail

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Re: Help with grass identification

Post by spartacus » Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:42 pm

Foxtail is bad right?

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Re: Help with grass identification

Post by bird dog » Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:25 pm

The second one looks like silver bluestem. Agree on foxtail on the first. Whats your location?

Neither one are very good for cattle but they will eat them at early stages. The silver bluestem is a good grass in the spring but it seeds out early and they quit eating it unless they are starved. It seems to make decent hay.
The foxtail seems to fill in on overgrazed places and around barns and gates. Its better than nothing but just barely.

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Re: Help with grass identification

Post by spartacus » Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:58 pm

This place is in EastTexas

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Re: Help with grass identification

Post by ccr » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:53 pm

based on a grass id project i started and hadn't finished:

last one looks like little barley (hordeum pusillum). indicator of disturbed, overgrazed, or poor soil. little value to cattle.
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Re: Help with grass identification

Post by 1982vett » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:49 am

bird dog wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:25 pm
The second one looks like silver bluestem. Agree on foxtail on the first. Whats your location?

Neither one are very good for cattle but they will eat them at early stages. The silver bluestem is a good grass in the spring but it seeds out early and they quit eating it unless they are starved. It seems to make decent hay.
The foxtail seems to fill in on overgrazed places and around barns and gates. Its better than nothing but just barely.
Same here...a bluestem and foxtail. Third hard to really tell. Quite a few have spikes like that but I fail to recall any with just two. Most will have at least three. A photo of the entire plant might help.
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Re: Help with grass identification

Post by Caustic Burno » Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:37 am

1982vett wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:49 am
bird dog wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:25 pm
The second one looks like silver bluestem. Agree on foxtail on the first. Whats your location?

Neither one are very good for cattle but they will eat them at early stages. The silver bluestem is a good grass in the spring but it seeds out early and they quit eating it unless they are starved. It seems to make decent hay.
The foxtail seems to fill in on overgrazed places and around barns and gates. Its better than nothing but just barely.
Same here...a bluestem and foxtail. Third hard to really tell. Quite a few have spikes like that but I fail to recall any with just two. Most will have at least three. A photo of the entire plant might help.
I agree with a whole picture on the first one I would venture a guess of Dallas grass.
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Re: Help with grass identification

Post by txbrill1 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:16 pm

Top one is Bahia Grass

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Re: Help with grass identification

Post by Caustic Burno » Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:27 pm

Not like any Argentina, Pensacola or Paraguay Bahia in my pastures.
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Re: Help with grass identification

Post by sim.-ang.king » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:45 pm

spartacus wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:56 pm
Can you guys help me ID these three grasses that I’m finding all over a new piece of property?

Dallisgrass, or a crab grass head segment.

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Some kind of blue stem

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Yellow Foxtail, or a small green foxtail.

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All past their value for this year.
The crabgrass looking stuff and foxtail like the poor soil, and over grazed ground.
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Re: Help with grass identification

Post by txbrill1 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:00 am

[/image]Texas A&M calls this Bahia grass

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Re: Help with grass identification

Post by bmcdonald » Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:30 pm

The first one diffently is dallis grass.
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