Cooperative Extension Service, South Dakota State University, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Grasslands of South Dakota total approximately 30 million acres and comprise an important source of agricultural income in the state. When adapted varieties of the most productive species are combined with proper management, grassland yields can be increased greatly. This publication is designed to assist producers in the selection of grass species and varieties for South Dakota pastures, rangelands, and conservation plantings. A short description of each species is followed by a listing of available varieties within that species. The origin, description, date of release, and recommended area of adaptation for each variety are given. Other variety within a species, that also may be available but are either not adapted or for which a limited amount of seed exists, also are listed. Areas of adaptation are shown in Figure 1. Information on the yield potential of the grass cultivars is included if available. Although several species or cultivars may be listed as adapted to your area, base your selection on production and management goals, soil type, and climate adaptability. The areas of adaptation given in this publication are broad geographic areas. Many species are adapted only to a certain soil type. They also may be more productive in one part of the zone than another. For these reasons, the authors recommend that you consult your county Extension or Soil Conservation Service office for further details before selecting a species or variety for planting.
Twidwell, Edward K., "Available Grass Varieties for South Dakota" (1997). SDSU Extension Circulars. 460.