Switchgrass

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  1. Tim Hull

    Tim Hull PMA Member

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    WHitetail Habitat SOlutions talks about this. Catch some episodes on Youtube Jbohn.
     
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    So I would think clethodium would be the herbicide to promote forbs and kill off grasses ?
     
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    I watched a few of his videos , sounds like he's been reading up on Iowa whitetail ., Dlbtree forum :) , Seem's like good guy.. Thanks for sharing man..
     
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    It’s going to be tough to kill switch. If u want pockets of different covers or foods.... killing it will require disc a couple times + herbicide most likely. Herbicides alone are very hard to kill natives with their deep root system. Can be done but it’s tough. Yes- diversity & cover changes are good & fine. Absolutely would encourage adding more “structure” to fields. This is not a great example but here’s quick one I snapped last week- I got some plots intermingled with natives. More of switch on right and a little more diverse mix on left but splitting hairs on that though. I’ve got some natives with a patch of trees separating them - clear separation so not burnt if fire goes into natives. Lots more edge & diversity will help if u have massive monocultures.
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    Probably but I don't think herbicide is necessary at all. Some shallow discing in pockets is all that is needed to get succession rolling. Not permanent obviously but do you want it to be? The switch will eventually take back over, I see it all the time when discing is used for mid contract management. You will get a nice flush of broadleaf weeds and forbs that provide the native browse, edge and diversity you are looking for. Just dont wait until summer to do it as that tends to favor the annual warm season grasses like foxtails.

    I tilled up a spot a few years ago that was heavy tall grasses that we eventually want to convert to a high diversity native mix and when it greened back up it was almost solid native legumes. The deer and birds went nuts over it.

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    We've got a lot of this at our place. Tons of old hardwoods and trees but lots of open areas that don't see as much action going into fall. We burnt off a few acres of old weeds and field grass this weekend and was thinking of planting switchgrass. Think it's still fine to broadcast switchgrass without any freezes coming in? Just throw it out before a good rain?
     
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    rain is irrelevant. Soil to seed contact is #1. #2 would be freezes and thaws. Which- one would suck the seed into the soil. Maybe too late? Dunno. The next reason- u need freezes & thaws for seed stratification (breaking down seed coat so it germinates this year). U likely will be fine. Some will surely germinate but a small amount to a large amount might not depending on the seed.... if u gonna do it - go heavier to buffer against some of seed not germinating this year. If u really wanna be crazy- buy from couple sources & do a couple varieties (cave in rock, kanlow, sunburst, etc etc).
     

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