| ||The following text is the beginning of a research paper called Kentucky Bluegrass: A Seed Production Review which is available as a pdf file.
The author is Gary Kruger, Grass Seed Agronomist of the Saskatchewan Forage Council.
Seed production of Kentucky bluegrass in Saskatchewan has been irregular and sporadic prior to the 1990's, but it has been common in the wetter areas of southeastern Manitoba for decades. Interest in seed production of Certified and Elite varieties of Kentucky bluegrass in irrigated areas is a recent development on the prairies. Acreages in Western Canada have risen sharply in the past few years to several thousand acres during times of
relatively low grain prices as farmers search for rotation alternatives for vegetable and specialty crops and as contracting companies look for additional production areas.
Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis L.) was introduced from Europe by colonists in the early 1600's. The grass is called "smooth meadow grass" in Europe, but became known as bluegrass in North America by 1750. The grass followed the movement of settlement westward so quickly that it was known as the "white man's foot grass" to the natives.
The grass is traditionally included as a component in lawn mixtures, but a significant amount of Kentucky bluegrass is also sown in pastures throughout the prairies in the transition zone between the prairie and the forest. As a pasture grass, Kentucky bluegrass is highly palatable and nutritious during spring, but must be grazed frequently to maintain its succulence and palatability.