Meadow Bromegrass

Smooth Brome

Meadow bromegrass is an ideal pasture grass because of its high yields, rapid regrowth and excellent season long forage quality. Meadow bromegrass gives high forage yields uniformly throughout the growing season.


For Pasture: Meadow bromegrass begins to grow early in the spring and is ready to graze before most pasture grasses. Meadow bromegrasses can be rotationally grazed throughout the spring and summer and is superior for fall grazing because it grows well under cool conditions. Meadow bromegrass is often used as a dual-purpose forage crop; one cut of hay and then fall pasture. For Hay: Meadow bromegrass is best suited for combined hay and pasture use in areas of higher rainfall. Meadow bromegrass usually yields less than smooth bromegrass under a one or two cut haying system.

Growth Habits

Meadow bromegrass is a Canadian variety developed at Agriculture Canada Research Station, Saskatoon, SK. Meadow bromegrass has narrower leaves than smooth bromegrass, and short hairs cover them. Regrowth of the meadow bromegrass is from the base of the leaf after grazing. This means regrowth is much faster than smooth bromegrass, which must grow from tillers. Meadow bromegrass leaves retain their greenness into the fall, and can be grazed until mid October. Meadow bromegrass is a non-creeping grass and unlike smooth bromegrass, it will not crowd out alfalfa or other grasses in the pasture.


Meadow bromegrass is best adapted to black, dark brown and gray wooded soils. Meadow bromegrass adapts well in clay, loam and sandy soils, but cannot withstand long periods of flooding or high salinity levels.

Seeding Rate:
15-20 lbs. per acre/alone
5-10 lbs per acre/mixture