A recently revised publication that serves as comprehensive identification guide for range and pasture grasses in Kansas is available to purchase or as a free download. The publication, Rangeland and Pasture Grasses of Kansas C567, was written by Dr. Walt Fick, professor and extension specialist in range management in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State.
In Dr. Fick’s words, “The native grasslands of Kansas are rich in species diversity. The tallgrass prairies of eastern Kansas epitomized by the Flint Hills give way to the mixed prairies of central Kansas and eventually by the shortgrass plains of western Kansas. Included in this publication are the common native grasses found throughout the state. I have also included introduced grasses and some of the pasture grasses used as forage crops for grazing, haying, and irrigated pasture. I hope you enjoy the publication and find it useful in helping identify the major grasses of Kansas.”
To access the online version, please visit https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/C567.pdf. To purchase a hard copy, you can visit the KSRE Online Bookstore at: https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/Item.aspx?catId=364&pubId=133
Walt Fick, Rangeland Management Specialist