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Cool-Season Grasses of South Dakota

Updated April 13, 2022
Krista Ehlert

Krista Ehlert

Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Range Specialist

Written with contributions by Jessalyn Bachler, former SDSU Extension Range Field Specialist.

There are several types of grasses found in pastures and rangelands throughout South Dakota and the Northern Great Plains. Knowing which grasses are in your pastures and rangelands can influence grazing management decisions, and ultimately impact animal performance.

This guide focuses on common South Dakota cool-season grasses – grasses that utilize the C3 photosynthetic pathway.

For warm-season recommendations, view our Warm-Season Grasses of South Dakota companion publication.