Department of Plant Science
Retain is a variety of creeping foxtail (Alopecurus arundinaceus Poir.) developed by the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and released February 1, 1979.
Retain does not shatter its seed immediately as it matures as does the Garrison variety of this species. It is possible to leave Retain until it has ripened and harvest it with a sickle bar combine. The greater ease of harvesting and higher yields will make the seed more readily available.
Creeping foxtail is adapted to low, fairly saline areas which are flooded for about two weeks in the spring. It wil not stand as much flooding or yield as much forage as reed canary grass but is more palatable and digestible.
Seed increased by the Foundation Seed Stock Division has been released to a South Dakota seed firm. Certified seed will be available from harvests made in 1981 or 1982. Plant Variety Protection has been applied for, so Retain will be sold only by variety name as certified seed.
creeping foxtail, Alopecurus arundinaceus Poir
South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Ross, J. G.; Bullis, S. S.; Holborn, G. L.; and Heilman, T. J., "Retain" (1980). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 677.