Tagged with wildflower management with brome

Rescued From The Brome

Spirit Mound National Historic Site north of Vermillion South┬áDakota along Highway 19 has had wildflower and native grass restoration underway for more than a decade. Smooth brome in the seed bank has been a challenge, especially with cool springtimes that give this competitor an edge to the warm season grasses and wildflowers. A six acre … Continue reading

Rescued From The Brome

Eric VanderStouwe of South Dakota Game Fish & Parks disperses wildflower seed at the Spirit Mound 6 acre plot last fall. Dr. James Heisinger of Spirit Mound Trust hand dispersed large sunflower seed. Before the re-seeding, invasive smooth brome was killed and then the brome thatch was burned for better new seed germination. Thank you … Continue reading

Rescued From The Brome

Mixture of wildflower seed is about 70% and native grass seed is about 30% at this plot. Little blue stem is the dominant type of native grass seed. According to Eric VanderStouwe, mixtures might be up to 90% native grasses on Conservation Reserve Program land. He says that Mother Nature does her calibration once seed … Continue reading

Rescued From The Brome

Time will tell if the management practices and weather work together for wildflowers to be re-established on this six acre plot of the Spirit Mound National Historic Site. Go to Spirit Mound this season and see the results for yourself. The historic and natural site is about ten miles north of Vermillion SD on Highway … Continue reading