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Rhodes Grass (Chloris gayana)

  • Description :
    • Perennial stoloniferous summer grass
    • Grows up to 1,5 m tall
  • Uses :
    • Combines well with Smutsfinger grass.
  • Climate :
    • Subtropical
  • Moisture Requirements :
    • 600mm per annum
  • Soil Preference :
    • Highly adaptable.
  • Sowing Rate :
    • Rows :
      • 5 kg / ha
      • AgriCOTE : 7 kg / ha
    • Broadcast :
      • 7kg / ha
      • AgriCOTE : 9 kg / ha
  • Planting Method :
    • When :
      • Establish in summer
    • How :
      • Broadcast onto a well prepared and rolled seedbed.
      • Roll again after sowing.
  • Management :
    • Establishes relatively easily and quickly develops into a good stand.
    • Even stands which are initially poor usually develop into a full cover within a season or two.
    • Suitable for all classes of livestock provided it is well managed.
    • Pasture must be kept short, i.e. in the vegetative stage, but care must be taken against over grazing.
  • Advantages :
    • Palatable to highly palatable forage grass with high leaf production.
    • Good feed value.
    • Used to maintain erosion-control.
    • Strong germinator with robust seedlings.
    • Produces abundance of seed which is easy to reap.
    • No danger of bloat.
    • Outstanding disease tolerance.
    • Suitable for hay and good foggage potential.
    • Excellent waterlogging tolerance.
 
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