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seed is produced it is practically impossible to harvest it, but because
of the creeping habit of the grass it is one of the easiest to establish on
the range, being propagated in the same way as Bermuda grass or
Colorado grass (Panicum texanum) (fig. 4).-This rank-growing annual
is undoubtedly a native of some of the western river valleys of Texas,
either of the Colorado or some of its tributaries. It was first extensively
brought to the notice of ranchers and farmers near Austin, Tex., in tlle
bottom lands along the river where it appeared after a flood. Because
FIG. 3.-Buffalo grass (Bulbilis dactyloides).
of this, it has taken the name Colorado grass, Austin grass, or Concho
grass. But whatever may be its origin, it is a very excellent species,
and one of the best hay grasses on the black, waxy, prairie soils.
When a field is seeded with it, it commences to spring up about the
time the corn is cultivated for the last time, makes a rapid growth
that quickly covers the ground. About the time the corn is ready to be
gathered Colorado grass may be cut for hay. The farmers in the
region where it grows are beginning to lay by their corn with special
reference to this grass. It is regarded by the farmers of central Texas
as the best of all their hay grasses. It requires cultivated ground for
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