Hayfield Grass ID

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Hayfield Grass ID

Post by jwimberly » Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:54 am

I need help figuring out what type of grass this is. Its the majority of my grass in 1 of my hayfields. I've been thinking about adding more fescue to this field but wanted to learn more about this grass and its nutrition first because it seems to do really well in this creek bottom field. It just comes in kind of late for my liking and seems like it doesn't really start growing well till May.

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Re: Hayfield Grass ID

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Re: Hayfield Grass ID

Post by sim.-ang.king » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:03 am

Crabgrass. If you want to get rid of it spray it with 2-4d.
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Re: Hayfield Grass ID

Post by jwimberly » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:11 am

Are you sure? I did spray this field with 24d in May.

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Re: Hayfield Grass ID

Post by JMJ Farms » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:36 am

Kinda resembles Millet. I’m curious to see what you find out.
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Re: Hayfield Grass ID

Post by ClinchValley » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:40 am

I've meant to ask the same question about the same type of grass. It's popping up on the edges of our hayfields.

The red/purple leaf tips ought to be the tell to whoever might know.

We have one warm season/wild type of grass that resembles that leaf.It does not get tall at all, and throws a seed head here pretty soon. Lucky if it gets 12-18 inches tall. No clue what it is though. Cannot recall if it has the red leaf tips though.
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Re: Hayfield Grass ID

Post by sim.-ang.king » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:24 am

jwimberly wrote:Are you sure? I did spray this field with 24d in May.

Sure resembles crabgrass, what rate did you put on?
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Re: Hayfield Grass ID

Post by Allenw » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:29 am

It's not crabgrass, leaves aren't right. What is the stem shape?

24D won't kill crabgrass, Ive some I need to spray to get the weeds out of it.

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Re: Hayfield Grass ID

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:47 am

2-4D will not kill any grass. It is a broad leaf killer.
Could it be brome grass? Look at the leaf, does it have a "M" or "W" depending on how you hold it, part way up the leaf?
If I remember what hubby used to say, the red tinge is too little nitrogen?? or drought?
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Re: Hayfield Grass ID

Post by Caustic Burno » Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:03 am

Does it have a seed head?
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Re: Hayfield Grass ID

Post by True Grit Farms » Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:04 pm

If the cows eat it, it'll make good hay.
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Re: Hayfield Grass ID

Post by sim.-ang.king » Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:59 pm

Now that I look at on my computer, it actually looks more like Foxtail, with those purple blotches, let it head out and find out.

Also FYI 2-4d will kill crabgrass, and is quite effective against it at higher rates.
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Re: Hayfield Grass ID

Post by jwimberly » Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:10 pm

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Sure resembles crabgrass, what rate did you put on?[/quote]
2.5 gallons per about 10 acres if i remember correctly at 20 gallons of water per acre.

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Re: Hayfield Grass ID

Post by jwimberly » Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:11 pm

I'll have to let it mature some more and attach some more pictures. Whatever it is has to be fairly flood tolerant to as its not uncommon for this to get flooded 3-5 times a year for a day or two each.

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Re: Hayfield Grass ID

Post by jwimberly » Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:12 pm

Caustic Burno wrote:Does it have a seed head?

I've never seen a seed head on it.

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