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This is a question about the Nebraska grasslands and other

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This is a question about the Nebraska grasslands and other similar areas of the Great Plains. Willa Cather, in her books about 19th and early 20th century prairie life, describes the grasses of the homesteading plains country as "red." Other books I've read talk about the grasses as being "green," in spring and summer. I know that there were different kinds of grasses native to the Great Plains, but I haven't been able to find any descriptions of red grasses, except in Cather's books. Would you be kind enough to explain this?
Thanks you very much.
Nancy Goldfeder [email protected]
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  TaxTom replied 7 years ago.
Hello, The best explanation I can find is that there was both wild red oat grass and planted red oat grass. Although oats are less than 5% of the planted crops it is possible that she lived in an area that planted this crop. There is also certain wheat crops that have a red tinge to them especially near sunset. Thank You Tom
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