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Release: Blaze - little bluestem

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Release NameBlaze
Release Typecultivar
DescriptionLeafy, mid-tall, and late maturing in central latitude; foliage bright to dull green, turning red in fall. In limited comparisons, produced better stands and was more productive than other selections and native ecotypes. Recommended for conservation plantings and permanent pasture mixtures of warm-season prairie grasses in central and eastern Nebraska and adjacent areas in bordering states. The area of reliable seed production is centered in southeast Nebraska.
SourceDomestic collections in 1953 from natural prairies in Nebraska and Kansas.
Breeding MethodFifteen clones, selected for late maturity, leafiness, and seed production in space-planted nurseries polycrossed in isolation. Progenies selected for seedling vigor and a green-leaf character. Second generation of synthesis provided breeder seed.
Intended UseRange/pasture reseeding.
Release Info1967, cooperatively by Nebraska AES and USDA-ARS.

 

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