Rhodes Grass

Chloris Gayana

  • Good seed production
  • Easy establishment
  • Creeping growth habbit

    Requirements and uses

    • Not considered a high quality grass but is suited where ease of establishment is more important than good high quality production
    • Good seed production, easy establishment, creeping growth habbit
    • Areas with relative low rainfall
    • Adapted to most soil types pH-level of 5,5-7,0 (KCl)
    • Utilized more for grazing than for hay

     

    Establishment

    • October/November or February/March
    • Katambora Rhodes grass: 8 kg/ha in rows, 12 kg/ha broadcast
    • Do not plant/cover seed deeper than 25 mm

     

    Soil preparation

    • Early preparation helps retain moisture
    • Seedbed: clean, even, free of weeds and well rolled
    • Many failures occur when seedbeds are too loose and powdery
    • Rolling before and after sowing ensures good establishment
    • Rhodes grass can be sown on dry soils where the soil is inclined to form a hard crust after rolling
    • Subsequent rain will wet the seed for germination
    • A light shower of rain followed by long dry period could result in poor establishment

     

    Utilization

    • Protein content can be very depending on the age of the plant, the season and amount of N applied
    • Heavy grazing later in the season (espesially February to May) can result in poor production in the following season
    • DM production increases with longer cutting intervals than with shorter intervals, but quality decreases
    • The protein content and the digestibility also decreases with longer intervals, but the total protein/ha will be higher as an effect of the higher DM production
    Specifications
    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...