Reed canarygrass has rhizomes and is best known for its
ability to lolerate poorly drained soils. It can, however,
provide high yields on well-drained or even droughty soils.
Reed Canarygrass spreads by rhizomes, develops coarse stems
and leaves and quickly loses palatability and digestibility
once it heads. Reed canarygrass is slow to establish and
is not competitive in the year of seeding.
In the past, livestock have perfomed poorly on reed canarygrass
because of certain alkaloids it contained. Recommended reed
canarygrass varieties are free of the tryptomine and carboline
alkaloids, whch cause poor performance. Some varieties are
lower in the gramine alkaloids that reduce palatability,
intake and animal performance.