Smutsfinger Grass

SMUTSFINGER GRASS

Digitaria eriantha cv. Irene
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SMUTSFINGER GRASS

Digitaria eriantha cv. Irene

Smutsfinger grass is a summer perennial forage grass. It has a good digestibility and palatability and is suitable for direct grazing, hay-making and silage. It is drought and cold resistant and can grow in most soil types. Smutsfinger has an inherent dormancy that makes it slow to establish, which is why it is usually planted in conjunction with other perennial grasses in the form of a mixture, rather than being planted on its own. 

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Product Details

Origin:Africa 
Scientific name:Digitaria eriantha cv. Irene
Common name:Smutsfinger grass
Vegetative cycle:Perennial
Soil fertility:Medium (sandy, sandy-loam)
Growth habit:Tufted
Height:1.2 – 1.4 m
Utilisation:Direct grazing, Hay-making & Silage
Type of animal:Cattle, Sheep, Horses, Goats, Game
Palatability:Good
Digestibility:Good
Rainfall requirements:> 500 mm/year
Drought tolerance:High
Cold tolerance:High
Crude protein content:6 – 10%
Plant date:October – February
Planting equipment:Hand, Fine seed sower, Fert. spreader
Sowing depth:10 – 15 mm
Seeds per hectare:8 – 10 kg/Ha
Forage production:4 – 10 ton DM/ha/year
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