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QUESTION
Have any studies been done about using Buffalograss or Redtop bentgrass in horse pasture in northern Illinois? Are these grasses susceptible to endophytes as the fescues and ryegrasses are? Are these low-fructan grasses?

Also, a previous posting mentioned varieties of bermuda grass that have been developed that will grow in the colder midwest areas. Could you tell me the variety name so that I can find out more about this.

Thanks very much! Glenda Reed


ANSWER

I am unaware of any recent studies of redtop or buffalograss for horse pastures, but in genaral buffalograss is mostly found in warmer climates where rainfall is scarce, and redtop is more of a low-maintenance grass most useful in floodplains. I also am not aware of the sugar or endophyte status of these grasses.

Varieties of bermudagrass that are the most cold tolerant include Midfield, Midlawn, and Midiron. However, if you are located in Northern Illinois, you might be out of the range for even these varieties. I am aware of a few bermudagrass pastures in Southern and Central Illinois as far North as Paris, but you will probably be disappointed trying to establish bermudagrass in far Northern Illinois.







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