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Re: GSBN:Re: Buffalo Grass Bales

Here in Nebraska, we have used prairie meadow hay for a recently built sb
building constructed on a native prairie (pristine prairie). I've also
worked on a project where we baled Timothy grass when we ran out of wheat to
bale, and know of at least one project that used rye grass bales (good
tensile strength, I'm told). I know of at least one sb home in Kansas with
bales of tall and short bluestem grass and also switchgrass. As for buffalo
grass, I've never seen buffalo grass get very tall and agree with Derek that
it is fine and flat - so wonder if it's the best. If wheat or rye or oats
was available, I'd go with that as first choice. But if we're building with
what we have at hand (as the pioneers did), and if that all that's at


on 10.9.2007 1:13 PM, Derek Roff at derek@...:

> The buffalo grass that I see is short, flat and fairly fine.  I would
> think it would be hard to bale, and I wouldn't want to use it for
> building without some level of careful, informal testing.  Of course, a
> name like "buffalo grass" may refer to an entirely different plant in
> different places.  Different climates could also have a major effect on
> the growth of the plant.
> derelict
> Derek Roff
> --On Tuesday, October 9, 2007 12:46 PM -0400 cmagwood@...:
>> Ben,
>> I've had a chance to use switch grass bales, which were awesome. And
>> hemp is working really well. So does flax, etc. So I'd say if it's
>> fairly seedless and grassless and tubular, it should work. It
>> probably matters more how it's baled than what has been baled.
>> Chris
>>> Hi All
>>> A couple recently asked me if buffalo grass baled after the seed
>>> heads fell off would work in lieu of the traditional straw (wheat.
>>> oats or rice) that we normally use. My first inclination was to say
>>> no, but I told them I would pose the question to this list to see
>>> what the responses were. Does anyone have any comments or experience
>>> to share?
>>> Thank You
>>> Ben Obregon
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