Smutsfinger
Digitaria eriantha Steud.
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Image Cultivar Type Production period Morphological description Crop strengths Feeding value Production potential Crop uses Soil requirement Establishment
Irene Sub-tropical Grass Perennial, Summer

Heterogeneous tufted grass variety

Grows up to 1.2 m tall

Leaf blade is glabrous, broad, spear-shaped; green-grey; 5 – 60 cm x 2 – 14 mm

Small, slightly hairy seeds; brown 3.5 – 5 mm long; 2 000 000 seeds/kg

Persistent and tolerant to drought

Provides excellent grazing

Strong self-seeder thus long lifespan

Crude protein: 5 - 12 %

Digestibility: 45 – 70 %

Dry matter production: 12 - 15 ton/ha/annum Grazing, hay, silage & foggage in the winter season

Performs best on sandy or stony soil

pH range of 5.5 – 7.0

Plant during October – November; January – February

Seeding rate of 2 – 5 kg/ha dryland and 6 – 8 kg/ha irrigated