Katambora Rhodes Grass

(Chloris gayana)

Katambora is a diploid rhodes and is earlier flowering than Callide. It is more cold tolerant than Callide so can be sown south 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.

Katambora rhodes grass key attributes:

  • Katambora has a high number of growing points with a very prostrate growth habit
  • Katambora is quite variable in its flowering, is more coarse in the leaf and stem and less palatable than more recent releases, and Callide
  • Summer active where soil moisture available.
  • Katambora is adaptable to a wide range of soil types and has a limited tolerance to saline conditions

Origin

Katambora Rhodes Grass was introduced into Australia from Africa and is now grown extensively throughout the coastal areas of New South Wales and Queensland. Katambora is an older variety that has extensive sowing through out the area of adaption however it is not as widely sown as Callide.

Establishment

For best results Katambora 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 Katambora is best sown in the early spring period or where there is increasing soil temperatures.

Sowing Rate

Recommended sowing rates: Katambora 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.