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Smika, D.E. and Newell, L.C. (1966) Cultural practices for seed production from established stands of western wheatgrass (Research Bulletin: Bulletin of the Agricultural Experiment Station of Nebraska No. 223)
Fertilization and irrigation requirements and aftermath removal practices for maximum seed production from solid stand western wheatgrass were studied for three years near Oakley, Kansas. Conclusions from this study indicate that to obtain maximum quantity of highest quality western wheatgrass seed from established stands, the grass must be fertilized in the fall with at least 80 pounds of nitrogen per acre. Irrigation with sufficient water to fill the root zone in either the fall or early spring and again when the grass is in " boot" or heading is necessary. The practice of removing the aftermath following harvest by mowing and raking, coupled with successful weed control measures, may be beneficial.