Pennisetum
Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R.Br. emend Stuntz
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Image Cultivar Type Production period Morphological description Crop strengths Feeding value Production potential Crop uses Soil requirement Establishment
Babala Sub-tropical/Tropical Grass Annual, Summer

Erect, robust, with tillers, 1.5 – 3.5 m tall

Leaf blade is glabrous or hairy; linear to linear-lanceolate; flat; 20 – 100 cm x 8 – 80 mm

Cylindrical or conical shaped seeds; 2 - 3 mm long; white, pearlcoloured to blue-grey or brown; 50 000 – 70 000 seeds/kg

Adapted to low fertility soils

Does not cause prussic acid poisoning, good grazing

Good drought tolerance

Crude protein: 8 - 17 %

Digestibility: 52 – 58 %

Dry matter production: 5 - 18 t/ha/annum Grazing, silage

Widely adapted to most soil types, avoid waterlogging

pH range of 5.5 – 7.5

Plant during October – December

Seeding rate of 8 – 15 kg/ha dryland and 15 – 25 kg/ha irrigated


Nutrifeed Sub-tropical/Tropical Grass Annual, Summer

Erect, robust, with tillers, 1.5 – 3.5 m tall

Leaf blade is glabrous or hairy; linear to linear-lanceolate; flat; 20 – 100 cm x 8 – 80 mm

Cylindrical or conical shaped seeds; 2 - 3 mm long; white, pearl-coloured or to blue-grey or brown; 50 000 – 70 000 seeds/kg

Zero prussic acid

Good leaf-to-stem ratio, late flowering

Excellent regrowth potential with high dry matter production

Crude protein: 8 - 17 %

Digestibility: 52 – 58 %

Dry matter production: 5 - 25 t/ha/annum Grazing, silage

Widely adapted to most soil types, avoid waterlogging

pH range of 5.5 - 7.8

Plant during October – December

Seeding rate of 3 – 8 kg/ha dryland and 8 – 15 kg/ha irrigated