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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1950. Department of Agronomy.


Copyright 1950, the author. Used by permission.


The demand for desirable forage grass seed is increasing with the shift from cash crops to forage and soil conserving crops. Areas of marginal land in the Great Plains which grew wheat during war time will undoubtedly be put back to grass.

Sand lovegrass (Eragrostis trichodes) shows promise in the vegetation of sandy soil. It is generally considered one of the most palatable of the native grasses and thus frequently suffers from over use on the range. This disadvantage may be overcome by growing it in pure stands as a supplementary warm-season pasture and controlling the grazing intensity. Sand lovegrass shows promise from a seed production standpoint which is an obviously important criterion of any grass to be used in revegetation work.

Four sources of Nebraska 27 sand lovegrass seed, harvested in three different years, were subjected to a series of pre-germination treatments in an attempt to increase germination.

Advisor: E. C. Conard