Short Communications

The yield potential and crude protein content of five rhizomatous and stoloniferous grass pastures in the escarpment areas of the eastern Transvaal

Published in: South African Journal of Plant and Soil
Volume 5, issue 4, 1988 , pages: 222–224
DOI: 10.1080/02571862.1988.10634991
Author(s): N., F.G. RethmanAthole Research Station, Department of Agriculture & Water Supply, Republic of South Africa, C., C. de WittAthole Research Station, Department of Agriculture & Water Supply, Republic of South Africa

Abstract

Whilst Cynodon aethiopicus and the Cynodon hybrid, ‘Coast Cross II’, proved to be unsuited to the cool high rainfall conditions, Acroceras macrum, Pennisetum clandestinum and Digitarla scalarum were well adapted. There was little difference in yield potential between local and improved cultivars of A. macrum. The cultivar Cedara Select should thus be recommended as it has improved disease resistance, whilst maintaining a high protein content. With respect to P. clandestinum there is some doubt whether the results obtained with the cv. Whittet should be ascribed to differences in establishment technique or to ecotypical differences. D. scalarum proved to have a good potential and despite doubts about its acceptability to livestock it definitely warrants further attention.

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