Weeping Lovegrass

Eragrostis curvula

  • Widely adapted - prefer sandy soils
  • Where frost occurs, grass dies back.
  • Hay crop

    Requirements and uses

    • Mostly dryland in SA
    • Widely adapted – prefer sandy soils
    • Performs best in areas with 650 mm rain/anum
    • Where frost occurs, grass dies back. Grows again early spring
    • Eragrostis curvula fares best as a hay crop
    • Quality is dependant on the fertility of the soils
    • Low fertility = poor quality
    • N the key to high, good quality fodder production
    • Guide: 5t/ha requires 100kgN/ha



    • Use Tef with Eragrostis where weeds are a problem – early cut essential
    • 2-6 kg/ha
    • 4-6kg Tef


    Soil preparation

    • Fine, firm seedbed, free of weeds – Eragrostis curvula seed is very small
    • Seedbed should be rolled before and after sowing
    • October to December – weed free area


    Utilization as hay

    • Do not cut more hay than the available implements can handle.
    • Ensure high protein content – cut before it flowers
    • For higher DM – cut later – not later than early flowering
    • Hay cannot be cut before November
    • Leaf stage: highest CP, digestibility and intake


    Utilization as grazing

    • Best early in season
    • Quality and quantity decreases later in season
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