ADVANCE GRAZER is a sorghum Sudan grass hybrid developed and proven by research to provide outstanding annual forage for dairy and cattle farmers throughout the RSA.
ADVANCE GRAZER maintains a 'terrifically fast' growth and while it produces up to twice the amount of feed as the common Sudan’s, it also provides forage that is of better quality.
Listed below are the advantages of ADVANCE GRAZER:
Time and rate of seeding: Seed after danger of frost is past ± 12 kg/ha, dry land and 20 kg/ ha under irrigation.
Use maize planter with sorghum plates or a grain drill calibrated for sorghum (you can plant in rows by plugging the drill holes).
For top production and recovery, a well-balanced fertilization program is a must (as you would for a top maize production) - use soil tests and available soil moisture as a guide- avoid high nitrogen and low phosphorous imbalance.
Do not cut shorter than 13 - 20m high when harvesting for hay, green chop, or haylage to insure maximum and continuous recovery.
Green chop plants at± 75cm height up to flag leaf stage, this assures high quality forage. From 2 to 4 cuttings for green chop are possible, depending on length of season, fertility level and soil moisture.
Follow Sudan grass grazing precautions by delaying grazing until plants are± 75cms tall. Avoid grazing young tender growth and plants stunted by drought or heat or partly killed by frost. Use rotational grazing for best utilization and do not overgraze.
Cut at± 75 cm height up to flag leaf stage, allow to wilt to 45- 50% moisture and store in air-tight silos for best results and highest quality.
Well-cured hay and foggage that has not been killed by frost generally contains no prussic acid and provides good sources of feed for autumn and winter use. Harvest for hay at± 75cm height up to flag leaf stage, crush or crimp to speed curing. Plant thicker for finer stems.
Cut when in medium to hard dough stage for best balance of yield and quality and for good preservation. Direct cutting for silage at younger stages is not recommended.