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New Crested Wheatgrass Plots
Yields of hay (oven-dry weight) from the plots in the new crested wheatgrass trial are given in Table 7. This trial was seeded in 1958, and the first yields were taken in 1959. It is interesting that in terms of over-all yield commercial standard crested and commercial Fairway crested have slightly better 2-year average production than do the newer varieties. Probably no particular significance should be attached to this fact this early in the trial. Turkish Fairway seems to have little or no adaptation to the area, and no stands of A-1770 were obtained from the initial seeding.
With Turkish Fairway excluded form the trial, the range in yields for the 1960 season
was from 1461 pounds per acre for Nordan to 1815 pounds per acre for commercial crested.
All the major varieties produced nearly 3/4 ton of hay per acre or better. The average
yield for all varieties for the 2-year period is slightly under 3/4 ton per acre. None of
the varieties appear to be outstandingly better than any of the others in terms of
over-all production. The fact that Turkish Fairway is an exception to this general
statement has been previously mentioned.
|Table 7. Hay Yields from Crested Wheatgrass Varieties seeded in 1958.|
|Variety||1959||1960||2-Year Average Yield|
|Nebraska 3576 Fairway||1371||1605||1488|
|South Dakota 15||1164||1546||1355|