Forage Kochia
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Forage Kochia


Product Description

Forage Kochia

Forage Kochia seed and plant description

Scientific Name: Bassia prostrata or Kochia prostrata

Forage Kochia or Immigrant Forage Kochia is one of our specialties. The very first selections and studies of forage kochi a were performed by the Great Basin Experimentation by A. Parry Plummer and Richard Stevens, a Great Basin Seed family member and plant botanist for the Utah Fish & Game. Those selections were later planted at various locations in Utah and Nevada where we now harvest them in a wild land setting every fall. Great Basin Seed is one of the largest purveyors of Immigrant Forage Kochia in the United States.

One major challenge for beef producers in the Western United States is the high cost of winter feed. During winter, dormant grasses are high in energy (fiber) but low in protein. Forage Kochia provides a solution to this winter feed conundrum. It is high in protein and has good digestibility. Forage Kochia is considered a wintergreen and blossoms late summer and sets seed in November. It remains green throughout the winter months. It is unrivaled for winter feed value. It produces well in arid conditions.

Forage kochia is drought and salt tolerant. We frequently recommend it as a component of mixes for saline badlands or challenging soil conditions.

Forage Kochia is fire resistant and a key component in the fight against cheet grass wildfires in the west. It greens and blooms mid summer when annual grasses and understory dry out and become a fire hazard. It is effective in greenstrips on western rangelands. 

Forage Kochia or prostrate kochia is native to the heavily grazed rangeland regions of Central Eurasia. It is a long-lived, perennial, semi-evergreen half-shrub that is well adapted to Western U.S. rangelands, including those high in salt and alkali. Forage kochia is different from the weedy annual kochia because it is a perennial, it is non-invasive to native perennial plant communities, and it does not cause nitrate or oxalate toxicity Harrison concluded that forage kochia does not invade perennial plant communities, but can stabilize disturbed sites by competing against annual species. Forage kochia out-competes many noxious annual weeds including cheatgrass and halogeton. Once it has replaced cheatgrass, perennial native species can re-establish in the stand of forage kochia, thus leading to diverse, stable perennial plant communities.Forage kochia thrived during hot dry conditions. Data show an almost six-fold increase in production, which translates to increased carrying capacity.
Immigrant Forage Kochia should not be confused with weedy annual kochia (Kochia scoparia).

Additional Information

Weight 1 lbs
Root Form


Min. Precipitation

6 inches

Best SowingTime

Winter (Jan-Feb)

Sowing Rate

4 PLS lbs per Acre

Seed Count


Plant & Variety Documents

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