2012 - Volume #BFS, Issue #12, Page #37[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story ]
Demand Grows For Crabgrass SeedIt has been 18 years since FARM SHOW first reported on crabgrass as a forage crop (Vol. 18, No. 2). R. L. Dalrymple now sells two varieties of the seed. Demand continues to grow as more people become familiar with it.
Dalrymple’s Red River Crabgrass RRCG and Quick-N-Big are different than the low growing weed you find in your lawn. The forage varieties grow around 3 ft. high, spread by stolons that can grow 4 ft. long and produce enough seed for volunteer re-establishment.
It’s one of the highest-quality summer grasses, stays green until frost, and can continue to be grazed after frost. In a two year Florida study, the RRCG averaged 15.2 percent protein and 76.8 percent digestibility.
He notes that his fields had no measureable rain in 7 weeks and more than 40 days with temperatures of 100° or more. The weather bureau reports the area has had the least rain since 1921.
In a good year, he says, the crop yields 6 tons of dry matter per acre under intensive management. Average returns are closer to two to three tons of dry matter per acre in a pure stand.
“It can be seeded to a pure stand at a rate of 3 to 6 lbs./acre or used in a mix of summer forages,” he says. “It can also be double cropped with winter annual grasses.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Elstel Farm and Seeds, 2640 Springdale Rd., Ardmore, Okla. 73401 (ph 580 223-8782 or 800 858-7333; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.redrivercrabgrass.com).
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