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, 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.
Immigrant Forage Kochia should not be confused with the weedy annual kochia (Kochia scoparia).