Switchgrass

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  1. Sligh1

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    ^^^^. It’s sometimes JULY until I see new switch plants in many cases.
     
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    Zero switch up. None. I hit with atrazine bomb, post emergents & a tiny amount of s-metolachlor (10-15 oz) about 45 days ago. Missed one little strip that came up in weeds but easy to deal with those. I’ll update with some pics later when things grow. Bet it’s mid to late July possibly. Dead as it comes on 95% of this. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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    I would start the area with a cereal grain. Plant it and let it go through its life cycle. You could probably still get away with oats right now. Plant and pray for rain. That will be your easiest option for erosion control. Drill natives on the contour next spring and use herbicides for quick establishment. Could frost seed too, as long as there is plenty of duff from the grain to hold seed in place but drill would be best if planting "fluffy" natives. I like Indian, big blue, and ALWAYS add a short native like little blue to the mix. My preference.

    I know guys on here get real wound up on all grass stands and herbicide use for quick establishment. I tend to lean heavily towards diverse grass and forb stands. With proper site prep I would personally go that route on HEL and mow for maintenance. The weeds the first few years will help hold soil in place vs using herbicides and having an extended period of bare ground/no active vegetation growth. My .02. Good luck!
     
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    ^^^^ Agree On the diversity!!! Agree!!! For example- above is a solid switch stand. It’s 4-5 acres. I want some faster thick cover in this spot. The rest of fields are probably 50% or more of forb mixes, some weeds. Massive diversity. Did mono-culture above but even in some of same fields- Having a break line where new type of cover & planting starts is great. I echo above. Monocultures have a place but diversity is needed when u have the space.
    IMO to keep it simple for folks- I’d have 3 different “management areas”.... 1) could do switch (& add BB if wanted) & manage w/post emergents & atrazine, etc. 2) Plateau (imazapic) area with stuff like BB, Indian & tolerant forbs. 3) area with vast mix (preference & lots of diversity) started with dead & clean seed bed (like coming out of beans and spray post emergents like crazy man before planting to kill couple weed flushes) & manage with mowing.

    One example area on my farm on different types cover/diversity:
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    Good stuff, Skip. I still need a tour of the Sligh Ranch one of these days!

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    Noticed new switch up this morning. Was not there last week. Mid June about average for me on new stuff. Sometimes def later tho. [​IMG]

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    Out of curiosity, I planted 12 switch seeds in a pot on May 5th. They're in a black pot in direct sunlight and get regular water. Only 3 seedlings have emerged so far. 2 of them have been up for 3 weeks and are only 1-1/2" tall. The third just came up this week. This switch stuff is slow to germinate. I've got some foxtail and that's already putting on seedheads at the property, but clearly it's too early for 24d or Quinclorac. Mow again? (Can't get Atrazine)
     
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    Switch has hard seed coats that really soften up with freeze/thaw. That is a likely culprit for such slow germination in your potted plants.

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    Yep. Above!!! Stratification needed most the time. Why it’s great to frost seed it.
    U can spray Simazine. Works darn near as well as atrazine & no rup needed. Stay on that foxtail for sure. Will smother stuff out. Mow, etc.
     

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