Grazing North Texas: Kleingrass

By Tony Dean

Although Kleingrass is not native to Texas, it is one of those grasses that works so well here we might as well consider it an established part or our grass family. It does have some native cousins who live here and have the same family name, including Vine mesquite and Switchgrass. They are both good forage producers and used by livestock.


Kleingrass was introduced to Texas from Africa in 1942 but was not widely used in Texas grazing lands until the 1960s. Later, releases of improved varieties include Selection 75 in 1969 and Verde in 1982.

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