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Is this wheat?? Or Quack Grass??

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:41 pm
by TxNick
We have these clumps of "grass" growing everywhere. We are in North Texas and things have just started to green up but we don't recall having this last spring. We have a new neighbor who planted wheat in his pasture next door. He doesn't irrigate his pasture so we can't compare what we have with what he might have planted plus his horses are eating everything that pops up. We on the other hand have this stuff growing wherever we irrigate. The grassy clumps stay pretty low and sprawling but long pieces that head out are tall, in some places reaching about 2 feet along a fence we have where it wasn't mowed down. If this is wheat we figure it will die out soon and we wonder if it might even be beneficial to the soil. But it kind of looks like quackgrass too. Thanks for any help!

Re: Is this wheat?? Or Quack Grass??

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:26 pm
by MarcP
Maybe goosegrass?

Re: Is this wheat?? Or Quack Grass??

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:06 pm
by Dillbert
it is not wheat.

Re: Is this wheat?? Or Quack Grass??

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:02 pm
by cynthia_h
Agreed: it is not wheat. I grew wheat out by the street a couple of years ago. It's much more vertical / narrow / goal-oriented than this stuff. sorry.... You can test for yourself by purchasing maybe a half-ounce at a "whole food / health food" type store. "Whole wheat berries" is what they're often called when sold for cooking. Then plant them like seeds in pots so you'll remember which ones they are.

When they come up, you'll be able to see what wheat looks like. :)

Cynthia H.
Sunset Zone 17, USDA Zone 9

Re: Is this wheat?? Or Quack Grass??

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:16 pm
by Sasha
It's definitely not quackgrass. Based on the seedheads it could be a type of brome.

Re: Is this wheat?? Or Quack Grass??

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:43 pm
by TxNick
Thanks everyone. The Brome idea looks pretty promising.

Re: Is this wheat?? Or Quack Grass??

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:28 pm
by Smallgardener
Looks to be True Cheat. Many people get it and Downy Brome confused. They are both winter annuals in wheat fields.
https://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=BRTE