Verl Eastern Gamagrass

verl eastern gamagrass

Scientific Name

Tripsacum dactyloides (L.) L.

Short Description

'Verl' is an improved variety of eastern gamagrass that is an excellent choice for the production of an abundance of high quality forage when managed properly.

Description

'Verl' eastern gamagrass was developed at the USDA-ARS Southern Plains Range Research Station, Woodward, OK and released in February of 2005.  'Verl' is unique among the commercially available varieties in that it is a fertile triploid that reproduces predominantly via apomixis (in other words, the vast majority of all plants are genetically identical and perform consistently).  'Verl' was extensively tested at several locations prior to its release.  Across these locations it averaged 8800 lbs of dry matter, 11% better than 'Pete', one of the best varieties prior to the release of 'Verl'. 'Verl' eastern gamagrass can be harvested 2-4 times per year on 45 day intervals.  The season average crude protein content was 9.5%, and in vitro dry matter digestibility was 52%.  Certified seed of 'Verl' is available from Johnston Seed Company.

Uses of 'Verl' Eastern Gamagrass

Livestock

Eastern gamagrass is known for being the 'Candy on the Range' when it comes to palatibility and nutrional quality in grasses.  'Verl' is an uniquely improved variety with high forage production and high quality.  When properly managed (not overgrazed or hayed too short), 'Verl' is best forage grasses available in terms of quality and tonnage.

Wildlife

'Verl' not only produces high quality forage for deer and elk, it provides excellent cover for a variety of game birds.

Landscape

'Verl' can be a unique plant in the garden or prairie setting.  Vibrant green foliage and the conspicuous seed head add diversity to the landscape.