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Warm-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 warm-season grasses – grasses that utilize the highly efficient C4 photosynthetic pathway.

For cool-season recommendations, view our Cool-Season Grasses of South Dakota companion publication.