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Frolik, A. L. & Newell, L. C. (1941). Bromegrass production in Nebraska (University of Nebraska Experiment Station Circular No. 68)
A native of the old world, from central Europe to China, bromegrass was introduced into the United States about 1884. In 1899, the Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station reported that "all things considered, it is the most promising cultivated pasture grass for this state that has been tested on the Station farm." Early records of the Station show that considerable seed was distributed to farmers during the period from 1898 to 1902. A few of these early plantings are still in existence. Bromegrass increased in popularity in Nebraska until about 1910. Very little interest was shown in this crop during the World War and the years following when the use of grain crops was being stressed and grasslands were being plowed. During recent years, interest in bromegrass has again greatly increased, with thousands of acres being seeded in Nebraska during 1939 and 1940.