Callide Rhodes Grass

(Chloris gayana)

Callide Tetraploid rhodes is later flowering than Finecut, Topcut and Reclaimer. Callide is less cold tolerant so sowings are better north of Perth.

It is recommended to graze after 8 to 10 months or when plants are mature, i.e. going reproductive. If desired broadcast / sow any additional legumes in the first autumn after grazing then re introduce livestock to get seed to soil contact.

Implement a rotational grazing system. Graze at 25 to 30cm and leave a residue of 12 to 15cm. Do not overgraze over summer.

Callide Tetraploid rhodes grass key attributes

Being a Tetraploid, Callide is more palatable and has a tendency to be preferentially grazed when sown with other sub tropical grasses

Callide has a high number of growing points with a more prostrate growth habit than more recent releases and is more coarse in the leaf and stem

Summer active where soil mositure available. Callide is less cold tolerant than other varieties

Callide is adaptable to a wide range of soil types however is not tolerant of saline conditions

Origin

Callide Rhodes Grass was introduced into Australia from Africa and is now grown extensively throughout the coastal areas of New South Wales and Queensland. Callide is an older variety that has become the most widely sown of the Rhodes grass family in those areas.

Establishment

For best results Callide should be planted onto or just below the soil surface (depth < 2cm). The seedbed should be fine and firm if possible. The seed will sit in the ground until sufficient rainfall for germination. Like most sub tropical grasses Callide is best sown in the early spring period or where there is increasing soil temperatures.

Sowing Rate

Recommended sowing rates: Callide Rhodes grass can be sown as a monoculture but is best sown with other sub tropical grasses as this will provide better overall pasture production throughout the growing season. It is also recommended to use coated seed to improve the ease of sowing and enhance seed placement. Coated seed should be sown at between 6 to 8 kgs/ha and bare seed at 4 kgs/ha.