• Comparative Performance Oo Some Native and Introduced Grasses in Southern Saskatchewan, Canada

      Kilcher, M. R.; Looman, J. (Society for Range Management, 1983-09-01)
      This study reports on the poor performance of selected native grass species compared to that of certain adapted introduced and domesticated grasses. Of 12 grass species native to Canada and northern U.S.A., 7 showed very poor initial establishment. Subsequent winterkilling eliminated them. Of the 5 surviving native grass species only 2 attained a fair forage yield level compared to those of 5 domesticated grasses, and then only after the 3rd or 4th years of age. Most of the native species showed limited competition with weeds. Nutrient content, particularly crude protein, of the native grasses was not sustained as well as that in some of the tame grasses with advancing seasonal growth stages.