Lakota Prairie Bromegrass was selected in Oregon and Pennsylvania from top-performing prairie brome plants. Lakota was selected by researchers from New Zealand and the U.S. to provide better winter tolerance and resistance to powdery mildew. Trial results from Wisconsin and Illinois show Lakota’s impressive performance when planted in the spring. Research shows top performance in states including Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.


Lakota is very palatable, high yielding forage with excellent disease resistance. It has been found to be more winter hardy than Matua as well as establish at a faster rate. Lakota is also noted for being more drought tolerant than many other cool season grasses.  Lakota can be used as pasture, managed intensive grazing, green chop, haylage, silage, or dry hay. However, Lakota is not meant for everyone. Facilities needing to dispose of excess nitrogen including confinement dairies, hog and chicken farms, fruit processing plants, sewage/water treatment facilities and factories are targeted by this product.


Lakota should be planted in the early spring or early fall in a well-prepared seedbed drilled at 30-35 pounds per acre and broadcasted at 40-50 pounds per acre. Seeding depth should not exceed ¼ inch deep. Spring plantings should be completed by early to mid-May. Fall plantings should be completed by early September. For maximum persistence, Lakota must be allowed to reseed itself in late summer. Longer pasture life can be attained if grown on well-drained, medium-high fertility soils with a pH of 6.0-7.0. Applications of 30-50 pounds of Nitrogen/acre after each harvest will help provide for maximum production.

Typically Lakota is used for facilities needing to dispose of excess nitrogen including confinement dairies, hog and chicken farms, fruit producing plants, sewage/water treatment facilities. Prairie bromegrasses can take up to 600 units of nitrogen per year.

Yield trial by Univ. of Illinois-Freeport planted April, 2000 with two cuttings
Yield trial by Univ. of Wisconsin-Lancaster plantd April, 2000 with three cuttings 
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