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JG looking grass but with burrs as seedheads

Postby greybeard » Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:31 pm

I don't have a picture right now, but have seen some johnston grass looking stuff in the pastures but where the usual seedhead would be on JG, there are some really ugly looking burrs about 1/4-3/8" in diameter. Stems are tall like JG, 2-3 ft tall and the leaves look a lot like JG but for the burrs.
Burrs look like regular sand burrs....but on growth steroids.
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Re: JG looking grass but with burrs as seedheads

Postby Bright Raven » Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:39 pm

I know the grass but not the name. It is not common here. I see it around what locals call "wet weather seeps". Wet weather seeps are like a septic tank leach line area.

The burrs are "starlike". In biology, we would call them "aster shaped". I don't know the name of the grass but sure sounds like what you are describing.
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Postby Dogs and Cows » Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:07 pm

Can't wait to see pictures!
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Re: JG looking grass but with burrs as seedheads

Postby greybeard » Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:13 pm

Might be a common coastal burr, but I never saw any that grew tall like that.
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Re: JG looking grass but with burrs as seedheads

Postby greybeard » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:37 pm

pictures didn't come out too good...too bright out, but I was able to pull some of it up. Shallow rooted and the immature burrs/seedheads begin as green, then take on a purplish hue, and then dry out to brown.

There's several different grasses growing in this area. I'm only concerned with the ones with the burrs.
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Re: JG looking grass but with burrs as seedheads

Postby ga.prime » Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:47 pm

I call those sand spurs but if you called them sand burrs you wouldn't be wrong.
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Re: JG looking grass but with burrs as seedheads

Postby greybeard » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:47 pm

What we call sand burrs here have different looking leaves and grow close to the ground, but if you say this is sand spur, I'll take your word for it. I Have heard of it but have never seen it that I know of.
Before the burrs/spurs form, will cows eat it?
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Re: JG looking grass but with burrs as seedheads

Postby Dogs and Cows » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:12 am

No Idea what the burr grass is GB...but I will say...be nice of a nice field of crabgrass! My cows would be loving that!!!

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Postby M-5 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:17 am

They will eat the sand Spurs before crab Grass. Graze it early and they will eliminate it.
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Re: JG looking grass but with burrs as seedheads

Postby jltrent » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:37 am

That don't grow around here yet. Will the cattle eat it good and does it make good hay?
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Re: JG looking grass but with burrs as seedheads

Postby Texasmark » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:42 am

Dogs and Cows wrote:No Idea what the burr grass is GB...but I will say...be nice of a nice field of crabgrass! My cows would be loving that!!!

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Crabgrass is what I was going to say. I have some growing right outside my shop and it has heads that look like that. Don't know the variety, total volunteer. Really likes the non-washed river gravel I used for my driveway. Must be plenty of farmer's nutrients in it. Must be seeds that came along with the sandy gravel.
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Re: JG looking grass but with burrs as seedheads

Postby greybeard » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:45 am

The crabgrass is slowly pushing out my bahia in 2 different areas, but so far, my cattle still prefer bahia over the crab.
Crabgrass is much more prevalent this year than previous years. In some spots, if it weren't for the crab, I wouldn't have any grass. It apparently likes the clay soil.
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Re: JG looking grass but with burrs as seedheads

Postby BlondeD » Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:19 pm

....In the top photo.....is that crabgrass in the background?? With the very thin seed heads 2-3 inches long??
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Postby greybeard » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:47 pm

BlondeD wrote:....In the top photo.....is that crabgrass in the background?? With the very thin seed heads 2-3 inches long??

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Re: JG looking grass but with burrs as seedheads

Postby True Grit Farms » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:36 pm

We always called them stickers. MSMA will wipe them out.
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