Small smutgrass (Sporobolus indicus) is a
tufted perennial grass native to tropical
America. It occurs as a weed in many
different areas, but is most problematic in
pastures in the southern and western
Because smutgrass is
unpalatable to livestock, animals avoid
grazing it, and it quickly dominates irrigated
pastures causing significant reductions in
livestock grazing capacity.
Sporobolus indicus is a perennial bunchgrass producing a tuft of stems up to about a meter-3 feet tall. The hairless leaves are up to 50 centimeters long. The inflorescence is a dense, narrow, spikelike panicle of grayish or light brown spikelets, its base sometimes sheathed by the upper leaf.
The inflorescence and upper leaves are sometimes coated in black smut fungus of the genus Bipolaris, the reason for the common name smut grass.
This plant might be poisonous
How to get rid of:
Glyphosate comes in different concentrations.
Roundup Weather Max® (used in UC wiper applications) is 4.5 pounds/gallon, while original Roundup is 3
pounds/gallon. To get the same concentration we used in our tests, 1.5 times as much (4.5 / 3 = 1.5) standard
Roundup will need to be added to the solution to match rates presented here. Thus, to reproduce the
successful July treatment of 33% WeatherMax® (4.5 lbs/gallon) discussed below, a 50% mixture with original
Roundup® would need to be applied.