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Abstract Large crabgrass Digitaria sanguinalis is a plant that grows in temperate regions across the world In the United States this non-native plant has gained a reputation as a troublesome weed in turf and most agricultural settings With the ability to propagate so rapidly and survive less than ideal growing conditions this grass is not only a harmful weed but also beneficial forage for the livestock sector Through the proper cultivation and application of herbicides large crabgrass can be controlled to prevent yield losses and unsightly growth in turf grass Until the introduction of corn wheat and sorghum large crabgrass was one of the most valuable grain crops in the Middle East so this grass has a rich history dating back hundreds of years As time has progressed the societies view of this plant and its useful attributes have drastically changed Key words Herbicide Weed Forage Growth DistributionDigitaria sanguinalis L Scop Large Crabgrass in the family Poaceae is a native European grass that is found across the continental United States Bryson and Defelice 2010 From previous history we know that crabgrass was cultivated for grain in the eastern hemisphere In addition to large crabgrass smooth crabgrass Digitaria ischaemum and southern crabgrass Digitaria Ciliaris are also widespread throughout temperate regions of the northern and western hemisphere The main focus of this paper will be large crabgrass According to historical accounts the US Patent Office now known as the United States Department of Agriculture USDA introduced crabgrass in 1849 as potential forage for livestock conversely crabgrass probably was introduced earlier through contaminated seed Brann 1999 Today crabgrass plays a vital role in the livestock sector as forage however this grass is considered a weed in most crop and yard settings When it comes to forage crabgrass is considered a high quality and palatable hay for livestock According to the Mississippi State University Extension Office large crabgrass is capable of
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