Gatton Panic

(Megathyrsus maximum)

Gatton Panic is a deep rooted bunch grass that is a useful addition to Rhodes grasses in mixtures. Gatton has some tolerance to dryer conditions once established.

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.

Gatton Panic grass key attributes

Gatton panic is similar to Green panic and has broader darker green leaves than Bambatsi panic. Gatton is more robust than either Bambatsi or Petrie grass

Being a deep rooted plant Gatton can withstand reasonable grazing pressure however should be rotationally grazed to achieve the best production

Summer active where soil mositure available and is generally quick to respond after the first autumn rains

Gatton Panic is efficient in that more of the surplus carbohydrates accumulate in the upper part of the plant where it can be eaten. The root system is concentrated in the upper layers of the soil which assists with rapid response to light showers

Gatton Panic’s soil requirements are versatile and it will grow on heavy grey or brown soils or scrub loams and sands. Gatton can be grown on lighter soil types but requires good soil nutrition to persist.

Origin

Gatton Panic is a medium height botanical variety of Guinea grass. It was first introduced to Queensland from Africa and its obvious quality quickly led to its sowing throughout Queensland and other states.

Establishment

Gatton will establish more easily than other panic grasses and can give very good first year production, however like other sub tropical species requires careful management over the first summer to ensure adequate plant numbers are retained into the following year.

Sowing Rate

Recommended sowing rates: Gatton panic should be sown in conjunction with other sub tropical grasses as it maybe difficult to establish sufficient plant numbers to obtain an adequate level of plant population. Standard sowing rate is 3 kgs/ha of bare seed.