Sudan Grass

Sudan Grass

Sudangrass X Sorghum

  • Rapid early growth as a summer crop.
  • Produces high yields of good quality feed in a short time. 
  • Quick growth between planting and first grazing (35-45 days). 
  • Quick recovery after grazing or cutting.
  • Has fine stems and a high leaf-to-stem ratio.
  • High sugar content, excellent palatability and good feed value.
  • Can be grazed, or conserve as silage or hay.
  • Delayed flowering makes summer management of feed easier.
  • Drought-tolerant. 
  • Is a large seed which can germinate and establish under dry soil conditions when drilled into the moisture zone.
  • For best results drill into a fine, moist seedbed at 3-5 cm depth. 
  • Soil temperature at a depth of 5 cm needs to be at least 17ºC and increasing.
  • Grown in warm, growing environments only.
  • Reasonable weed control is essential for good establishment.

 

 

cons

  • Broadcast sowing is not recommended.
  • Need to monitor nitrate and prussic acid levels if in crops have been drought stressed or frosted. 

 

Management and Sowing

• Plant at 25-45 kg/ha higher rates crop will have thinner stems and higher yield potential.

• Breakfeed or cut at 35-45 days after planting when the crop is at least 1 m high. Leave a residual of 15 cm for maximum regrowth.

• Re-cut or graze after 4-5 weeks - when the crop is at least 0.8 m and less than 1.2m tall.