Native annual or short lived perennial grass (cool-season)
up to 4 feet
Damp meadows, ponds, stream edges, sloughs
DAYS TO MATURITY:
Plant 12-15 lbs per acre with approximately 240,000 seeds per lb
American Sloughgrass is a native wetland bunchgrass that grows well in winter ponded, wetland and riparian areas. This wetland perennial is an aggressive reseeder that produces an abundance of seed. The seed does not shatter readily, which makes it a good crop to plant if you want your feed to last longer. American Sloughgrass is a very versatile wetland crop that can be planted in many wetland conditions in both spring and fall. Often after it sprouts, it will grow through shallow water. It is a great option for anyone looking for an easy to grow native wetland crop that provides excellent habitat and feed for waterfowl.
Planting Instructions: Use general ground prep method (click here).
You can plant sloughgrass in the spring, summer or fall. It is important that there is enough soil moisture to sprout the seed, if not, you will need to irrigate. Or you can plant in the late fall after the soil cools and it will sprout the following spring. Drill 12 to 15 lbs per acre to a depth of 1/2" to 3/4''. Roll planted area if possible then apply 100 lbs of 16-16-16 fertilizer. If you can't drill the seed, spin spread 15 to 20 lbs of seed per acre. Lightly harrow to cover seed and roll if you can. Use same fertilizer as drilling. If it is possible to keep your sloughgrass field underwater for at least part of the winter, you will find that it will control most annual grasses and broadleaf weeds.
Companion Crops: PENNSYLVANIA SMARTWEED, WILD MILLET