Back Forage sorghum x sudan grass for summer feed

Date: 15 December 2014

If you are still considering summer crop options, or have experienced a brassica crop failure, a paddock of Pioneer® brand Bettagraze forage sorghum x sudan grass is an excellent option for warmer regions of the country.

Bettagraze is drought tolerant crop which produces high yields of quality feed in a relatively short time-frame. As a summer crop, Bettagraze provides a large seed that allows establishment even under dry soil conditions, it's quick between planting and first grazing (35-45 days) and the gives the option to conserve surplus feed as either silage or hay.

Key benefits of Bettagraze include:

• Large seed which can be drilled into the soil moisture zone, giving reliable establishment even under dry planting conditions.

• Rapid early growth.

• Quick recovery after grazing or cutting, along with delayed flowering makes Bettagraze an easy to manage summer feed.

• High sugar content, fine stems and a high leaf-to-stem ratio for excellent palatability and good feed value.

• Versatile - can be grazed, direct cut or harvested for silage or hay.

 

Achieving high Bettagraze yields

To maximise the yield and quality of your Bettagraze crop:

•  Plant Bettagraze in warm growing environments only.
•  Good weed control is important. Spray out the paddock prior to planting.
•  For good crop establishment, soil temperature at 5 cm depth and needs to be at least 17ºC and rising.
•  Drill and roll seed into a fine, moist seedbed at 3-5 cm depth. Broadcast sowing is not recommended.
•  Plant Bettagraze at 25-45 kg/ha. Crops planted at higher rates will have thinner stems and a higher yield potential.
•  Graze Bettagraze behind a wire or cut at 35-45 days after planting when the crop is at least 1 m in height. For maximum regrowth leave a residual of 15 cm.
•  Re-cut or graze after 4-5 weeks when the crop is at least 0.8 m and no more than 1.2 m in height.
•  Monitor nitrate and prussic acid levels especially in crops which have been drought stressed or frosted. 
•  Always spray out crops prior to autumn frosts or regrassing.

 

For more information on Bettagraze, talk to your local Pioneer Representative.