Buffalo Grass

Buffalo Grass (Panicum maximum)

  • Can withstand frost
  • Good late season production
  • Palatable fodder

    Gatton is a Panicum that is characterised by summer dominance and requires a rainfall usually in excess of 600 - 1 000 mm per year. It does not tolerate very wet conditions or poor soil fertility, but can tolerate acidity to a certain extend. It should not be grazed or cut below 30 cm for persistence and maximum yield.

     

    Requirements and uses

    • Does not thrive on very sandy soils or on heavily structured soils
    • Can withstand frost
    • Minimum of 500 mm rain required
    • Has better late season production than Smutsfinger
    • As fodder more palatable than Smutsfinger grass


    Establishment

    • Sowing time: Late summer or early autumn
    • Recommended not later than February
    • Sensitive to weed competition

     

    Utilization

    • Heavy grazing can have great negative effect on Panicum compared to other grasses – restore more reserves in roots
    • Allow to grow out well after heavy grazing to maintain excellent production
    • Do not graze heavily before the winter
    • Not suitable for sheep – grazing height to low
    Specifications
    Sowing rate (uncoated)
    3 - 8 kg/ha
    Sowing rate (uncoated)
    8 - 15 kg/ha
    Subtropical Grasses

    Subtropical (warm season, C4) perennial grasses are traditionally grown in summer rainfall environments. However, they can be successfully grown in the Mediterranean environments due to a combination of drought tolerance and the mild winter conditions...
     

    Subtropical (warm season, C4) perennial grasses are traditionally grown in summer rainfall environments. However, they can be successfully grown in the Mediterranean environments due to a combination of drought tolerance and the mild winter conditions...
     

    Subtropical (warm season, C4) perennial grasses are traditionally grown in summer rainfall environments. However, they can be successfully grown in the Mediterranean environments due to a combination of drought tolerance and the mild winter conditions...