Puccinellia

Low input winter active pasture for saline and water logged areas

Puccinellia is a perennial grass that is tolerant to both salinity and water logging, although it is sensitive to water logged soils during establishment and requires a dry soil surface during summer.

Puccinellia is a winter active perennial grass, with a high level of summer dormancy.

It is a resilient and highly palatable species that has excellent feed value compared to other species that will grow in heavily affected saline areas. Its main advantage lies in its ability to boost stocking rates on these difficult soils.

Puccinellia is best suited to areas with an annual rainfall of more than 350mm.

Select paddocks free from barley grass infestation in its year of establishment.

Puccinellia responds quickly to opening rains, thrives in winter and spring flooding conditions and can have significant feed value in autumn where there has been retention of sappy green stems in what appears to be dry plants.

Grazing management:

Puccinellia is ready to graze in the second year after planting during the late autumn and winter however avoid overgrazing in the spring as this can significantly reduce ground cover and plant numbers through pulling, especially where grazed with sheep.

It can be grazed over summer as dry standing feed.

Recommended sowing rates:

Puccinellia should be sown at 2 to 4 kgs/ha as a monoculture or 1 to 2 kgs/ha where sown with other species. Use the higher sowing rate on the areas with higher levels of salt scald.