Tripsacum dactyloides (L.) L.
'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.
'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.