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Release: Bonilla - big bluestem

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SymbolANGE
Release NameBonilla
Release Typecultivar
DescriptionSuperior winter hardiness, persistence, and seed production ability. Forage production exceeds that of Bison and is equal to Champ and Kaw at northern latitudes. Average daily gains of yearling steers have been higher for Bonilla than Pawnee in grazing studies at Morris, MN.
SourceBulk of seed collected from native stands at two sites near Bonilla, Beadle County, SD.
Breeding MethodSelected over 16 accessions in initial evaluation studies at the Bismarck Plant Materials Center. Selection based on high seed and forage yields and winter survival. Phenology, persistence, forage yield and quality, animal performance, and wildlife potential have been extensively tested in comparative field evaluation studies and field plantings in ND, SD, and MN.
Intended UseRange and pasture seedings, wildlife habitat, natural areas, surface mine revegetation, and critical area seedings.
Release InfoReleased cooperatively in 1987 by the Plant Materials Center, SCS, Bismarck, North Dakota; ARS; and the ND, SD, and MN AESs.
Source StateSD
Source CountyBeadle
Source EcoregionNorthern Glaciated Plains
Latitude44.58
Longitude-98.45

 

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