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Kentucky Color - Broomsedge

Broomsedge just about disappeared during the period of 1950-1970, but now it's making a comeback
The next earlier Kentucky Color: Billy Joe Fudge, Kentucky Color: Pignut Hickory posted posted on 2010-02-07 at 08:37:14. Click on headline for full story, Broomsedge, plus photo(s)

By Billy Joe Fudge, President, Homeplace on Green River, Inc.
6048 New Columbia RD, Campbellsville, KY

Broomsedge is not grass.

The stems of grass are typically flat and sedges are typically triangular. You can feel the stems and tell the difference. Sedges die back during the fall and winter and grow back from the roots and seed each spring where grasses do not die back to the roots.

Broomsedge develops woody stems when it matures and becomes unpalatable at this stage. Farmers would burn Broomsedge fields each spring to remove the woody plant material and allow for grazing during the spring.

It makes great cover for quail, rabbits and other small animals and birds. It grows in clumps which allows for other seed producing plants to germinate and grow.

When our agricultural economy changed over from tobacco and subsistence farming to commercial cattle farming during the 50's, 60's and 70's; Broomsedge just about disappeared.

Now it is making a comeback on many marginally profitable acreages.

The stems were weaved together to make brooms in some areas.
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This story was posted on 2010-02-16 09:28:58
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Kentucky Color: Broomsedge with Dove

2010-02-16 - South Central Kentucky - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge, President, Homeplace on Green River, Inc., 6048 New Columbia RD, Campbellsville, KY. Broomsedge mades excellent cover for quail, rabbits, and other small animals, Billy Joe Fudge notes. Can you find the doves? They're in there.
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