Gatton

Buffalo Grass

(Panicum maximum)

Panicum is a summer growing perennial grass that is widely used in cattle grazing systems. It is characterised by summer dominance and usually requires rainfall of 600 - 1 000 mm per year. It does not tolerate very wet, heavily structured soils or sandy soils with a poor fertility. It does however tolerate frost and soil acidity to a certain extent.

Establishment
• Establish: Late summer or early autumn but not later than February
• It is sensitive to weed competition
• Can withstand frost to a certain degree


Utilization
• Heavy grazing can have great negative effect on Panicum compared to other grasses, especially before the winter
• It should not be grazed or cut below 30 cm, to improve persistence and to achieve the maximum yield
• It should be allowed to grow out well after heavy grazing to maintain excellent production
• It is not suitable for sheep, seeing that their grazing habit is too low
• It has a better late season production and is more palatable than Smutsfinger grass


GATTON
Gatton is a very palatable, shade tolerant grass with broad green leaves. It is well accepted by most livestock, with particularly high intakes of its young leafy growth.

Specifications
Seeding rate (uncoated)
3-8kg/ha
Seeding rate (coated)
8-15kg/ha