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Rhodes Grass

Rhodes grass is a widely adaptable perennial grass suited to a range of soil conditions and types. Rhodes grass is a very palatable, very productive grass.

Used in permanent pastures or in short to medium term ley pastures, Rhodes grass is excellent for restoring soil structure, improving organic matter and reducing nematode numbers.

Selected Seeds identified the need to develop cultivars with quality attributes such as small stem size, high leaf to stem ratio, high yield, high salt tolerance and aggressive spreading habits.

Diploid Rhodes grasses can be characterised by their rapid response to moisture and temperature. These high production grasses grow very quickly, maximising water use efficiency. Diploids handle
repeated cutting or grazing and will do so over a number of years.

Tetraploid Rhodes grasses are more suited to higher rainfall and longer season environments. They are later flowering and less cold tolerant.

Well managed diploid Rhodes grass can produce over 20 t/ha of dry matter per year, with no oxalate or purassic acid problems.

Rhodes grass is the ideal grass for feeding all ruminant animals. 

Reclaimer

Reclaimer is a diploid Rhodes grass cultivar. This cultivar is bred for its aggressive stoloniferous growth habits, salt tolerance, fine leaf, fine stem and high dry matter yields.

 

Gulfcut

Gulfcut is an improved diploid cultivar bred for its extremely fine stem and erect growth habit. It is well suited to hay production.

 

Finecut

Finecut Rhodes grass was Selected Seeds’ first diploid cultivar and Australia’s first in over 30 years when it was released. Bred for its fine stem and high leaf to stem ratio, Finecut out yields traditional, generic diploid type Rhodes grasses such as Katambora and Pioneer by over 20 per cent.

 

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