Grazing North Texas

By Tony Dean

One of the historically important grasses of the plains is Buffalograss. It is adapted to a wide area of the central United States from Texas to Montana and was an important source of grazing for the vast herds of bison that roamed the plains. Today, it is still an important forage resource for cattle and other grazing species.

Bufffalograss is a low-growing, warm season perennial. It is adapted to clay and loamy soils and grows best in the 15 to 30 inch rainfall belt. In Texas, it is rarely seen in extreme East Texas or on deep sandy soils. During the growing season it has a soft grayish-green color then turns to a straw color if dormant.

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