Agricultural Economics Department
plant science deparment, grass seed, grass seed production, fertiliing grasses, bromegrass, crested wheatgrass
Seed production from grass is highly dependent upon favorable moisture and good soil fertility. Both moisture and fertility must be present; one does little good without the other. A good grass seed crop needs about the same amounts of nutrients as either corn or oats. Table 1 shows relative comparisons of nutrients taken up by comparable-yielding crops. Successful grass seed production also requires an adequate stand, weed control, and use of adapted varieties. These are discussed in C 244, "Grass Seed Production: Guidelines," available from your county Extension agent.
Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Gelderman, R.; Carson, P.; and Gerwing, J., "Fertilizing for Grass Seed Production" (1987). Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars. 272.