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Guides for Identifying Pasture Grasses

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This is the time of year when folks wonder, “What’s that growing in my pasture?” Y
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. Doc Milham says:

    Thank you. I am also lookingfor TEFF seed and planting instructions as to depth and amount per acre. Any help?


    • Kathy Voth says:

      I think your best bet would be to talk to a seed supplier near you. I did a quick google search for you. If you click on this link, you’ll see what I find. Hopefully you’ll see someone you can talk to. I also know that one of our advertisers, Kings Agriseeds, sells Teff seed. You can find them here.

      Here’s what I get from the Teff Grass Management Guide: Recommended seeding rate is usually 5 to 7 pounds per acre for raw seed and 8 to 10 pounds per acre for coated seed. It’s a very small seed that requires good seed to soil contact and should be planted at 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep. Deeper than 1/2 inch will probably result in failure. It’s supposed to be planted after all danger of frost has passed. And apparently there are varieties that are grain types and forage types, so be sure your seed supplier knows what you’re looking for.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Doc Milham says:

    I did not see anything for MONTANA. Is there a guide or did I miss it

  3. Keith Long says:

    There are also a few apps that will help identify grasses. Kansas Wildflowers is a good one for the praiire states. iNaturalist does flora and fauna. Plant Snap and Pictures This try to identify grasses and forbs from pictures you take on your phone. I haven’t’ had great success with either of those apps.

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