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The test area was burned May 12th, 2012 and is approximately 50 acres.  The sampled area soils are loamy fine sand.

The source of our big bluestem was a native harvest in Clay County, MN.  It is fine leaved with a low crown height and will tollerate grazing and haying.  This is a good choice for the reestablishment of warm season natives in grasslands.

Repeated close grazing has likely taken a toll on warm season grasses in midwest rangelands.  The large herds of American bison grazing the plains moved about, the native grasses adapted to this.  Managed and rotational grazing mimics the bison herds and maximizes grassland productivity.

June 9, 2012

June 17, 2012

Test results from burned prairie:

Test results from June 17th, 2012

Test results from July 1st, 2012

Test results from July 26th, 2012

Test results from August 12th, 2012

Test results from September 9th, 2012

Test results from regrowth prairie:

Test results from August 26th, 2012

Test results from September 9th, 2012

2012 Warm Season Grass Summary

June 9, 2012

June 17, 2012

July 1, 2012