Date of Award:

5-1957

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Plants, Soils, and Climate

Department name when degree awarded

Agronomy

Advisor/Chair:

DeVere R. McAllister

Abstract

Tall wheatgrass Agropyron elongatum (Host) Beauv. has gained in importance since its introduction into the United States in 1909 from its native habitat on saline meadows and seashores of Southern Europe and Asia Minor. This very 1late-maturing, coarse, nonlodging 2 1/2 to 6-foot-tall bunchgrass was discarded in Utah in 1919 for being too aggressive. It is now under production in the intermountain and other regions because of its cold and drought tolerance as well as for its salt tolerance and its ability to make excellent fall and spring recovery. According to Weintraub (1953) this salt-tolerant plant gives high yields of forage on sub-irrigated alkaline soils.

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