Blue grass and the clovers do well in Iowa; but many of the cultivated grasses which are valued highly in moist climates, have not given satisfaction on account of occasional severe drouths and cold winters. As we believed that some of the wild western grasses might prove valuable under cultivation, the Iowa Agricultural Experiment Station collected the seeds of many native grasses in 1888, in Iowa, Minnesota, Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Colorado, which were planted in rows on our experiment grounds in the spring of 1889. We planted seeds of many of the cultivated grasses also alongside of them at the same time in rows and broadcast, so that it would be easy to determine differences of growth and adaptation to our soils and climate.
The common names of grasses will be given after their botanical names. We have concluded that it is best to give our notes on and the analyses of some of the best known cultivated grasses first.
Wade, C. M.; Patrick, G. E.; and Speer, R. P.
"Cultivated and wild varieties of the grasses in Iowa,"
Bulletin: Vol. 1
, Article 3.
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