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Grazing Crested Wheatgrass in the West

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Crested wheatgrass is a Russian native that was purposely introduced to rangelands in the American W
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Jim Gerrish is the author of "Management-Intensive Grazing: The Grassroots of Grass Farming" and "Kick the Hay Habit: A Practical Guide to Year-around Grazing" and is a popular speaker at conferences around the world. His company, American GrazingLands Services LLC is dedicated to improving the health and sustainable productivity of grazing lands around the world through the use of Management-intensive Grazing practices. They work with small farms, large ranches, government agencies and NGO's to promote economically and environmentally sustainable grazing operations and believe healthy farms and ranches are the basis of healthy communities and healthy consumers. Visit their website to find out more about their consulting services and grazing management tools, including electric fencing, stock water systems, forage seed, and other management tools.

2 Comments

  1. Jim Gerrish says:

    Hi John, My understanding is that crested is just very efficient with water & nutrient uptake making it a very competitive plant. I don’t think there is any compelling evidence indicating it is actually excreting alleleopathic compounds. Jim

  2. John Marble says:

    A question for Jim:
    I’ve observed many crested wheat plantings like those in your first photo, and wondered why our native grasses are so slow to naturally invade and fill in the stand. Is crested wheat allelopathic?

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