Have another plant that is my nemesis here in Kansas. It’s a plant that wants to live so bad and it’s so good at it I would love to find some redeeming qualities. It’s perennial and it spreads by roots underground and seed which looks similar to broom corn or milo. My first question is what is it? This cowbird of the cornpatch has survived many weedings. If you don’t know what I mean I mean by cowbird it’s a bird that lays its eggs in another birds nest Brown-headed Cowbird Overview, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This plant looks much like corn and sorghum so it avoides weeding. It grew in my sorghum as much as nearly 30 years ago and still we fight it. It occurred to me today it makes grain and some basket weaver or paper maker might consider a perennial like this gold. The seeds it produces are unremarkable but it could be bred to make a perennial invasive grain. This is this weed after I mowed it down , pulled it up, chopped at and still it looks great.
My suspicion is it’s a leftover from days long ago in this area in the early 1900s when they grew broom corn and it’s a perennial relative. Likely a member of the sorghum family. My suspicion is farmers never know because they use Roundup each year it’s a perennial. It likely grows wild here everywhere but Noone knows that. The line down the leaf looks like broom corn. It gets a seed head similar to broom corn.