Panicum maximum

  • Tufted perennial with deep root system
  • Low resistance to drought and water logging
  • Requires fertile soils
  • Rotational grazing recommended
  • It produces between 12% and 14% crude protein
  • It is recommended for milk production and intensive fattening
  • Has production potential of 14 to 16 ton dry matter

    Panicum maximum cv. Mombaca is characterized by its high nutritional content and it responds very well to intense fertilization. It is greatly used as a forage grass by beef producers. Mombaca is highly recommended for intense grazing systems and is a good alternation for pasture diversification with Brachiaria Marandu. It requires fertile soils and is not recommended to be planted on slopes.

    Grazing Management
    Can be either rotationally grazed or set stocked. Some farmers also prefer cut-and-carry. Graze/cut every 40-45 days in the wet season and 60-70days in cool season. Preferred grazing height between 10 and 15 cm.

    Can be either planted in rows at 6-8kg/ha, or broadcasted at 8-10kg/ Ha. Plant the seed no more than 1-2cm under the soil surface.

    Tropical Grasses

    Tropical pasture grasses cover a wide range of species. The environments in which they are grown include the wet tropics and the semi-arid tropics. Most of the species are perennials and are characterized by possessing the efficient C4 photosynthesis pathway...