Finecut Rhodes Grass

(Chloris gayana)

Finecut rhodes has been bred from Katambora types for improved establishment, dry matter production, (23% increase over Katambora in trilas), and silage or hay production.

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.

Finecut rhodes grass key attributes

Bred for increased dry matter, silage or hay production

Upright growth habit, uniform flowering, finer stemmed than the older varieties

Summer active where soil mositure available

Finecut is adaptable to a wide range of soils and has some tolerance to saline conditions

Origin

Finecut Rhodes is a synthetic variety derived from one cycle of selection and based on 10 clones selected from spaced plants representing two distinctly different ‘Katambora’ populations that originated from commercial seed fields near Biloela and Bundaberg in Queensland.

Establishment

For best results Finecut 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 soil until sufficient rainfall for germination. Like most sub tropical grasses Finecut is best sown in the early spring period or where there is increasing soil temperatures.

Sowing Rate

Recommended sowing rates: Finecut 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.