Tef
Eragrostis tef (Zucc.) Trotter.
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Image Cultivar Type Production period Morphological description Crop strengths Feeding value Production potential Crop uses Soil requirement Establishment
SA Brown Sub-tropical Annual, Summer

Densely tufted, erect growth, 0.2 – 1.2 m tall

Small-stemmed tillers originating from one crown

Leaf blade is hairless, relatively thin and soft, 300 mm x 4 mm; entire plant green when young

Seed is very small, varies from white to dark brown; 1 300 000 seeds/kg

Quick to establish

Quality forage, ideal hay crop

Palatable to livestock; fine stemmed, leafy and soft

Crude protein: 10%

Digestibility: 53 – 65 %

Dry matter production: 2 - 8 t/ha/annum Hay, grazing & cover crop

Widely adapted to most soil types, intolerant to waterlogging

pH range 4.5 – 7

Plant during middle November – middle January

Seeding rate of 8 – 12.5 kg/ha dryland; 12.5 – 25 kg/ha irrigated