Biloela Buffel Grass is taller and later maturing than the American and Gayndah varieties and is more suited to heavier soils. Buffel grass is the most widely planted sub-tropical grass on the fertile loams of central and northern parts of Australia. It is a hardy, palatable and very productive grass that responds quickly to moisture and fertility.
Africa and India
- Drought tolerance – regarded as most tolerant introduced grass in Australia
- Persistent – a persistent, deep rooted and tufted perennial
- Adaptation – suited to tropical and semi-tropical conditions; quick to respond to light falls of rain, suited to 300mm – 900mm rainfall areas; difficult to establish on heavy clay soils and may not survive prolonged waterlogging
- Growth habit – although flower early, they will continue to produce new leaves and shoots during flowering
- Uses – grown mainly for grazing or erosion control and can withstand heavy grazing pressure; can cause ‘bighead’ in horses (due to high oxalate at certain stag of plant growth)
Seeds are light and fluffy i.e. tends to adhere together – thus, coated seeds can provide better handling for seeding. Bare seeds average at 500,000 seeds/kg. Seed dormancy can occur, especially in freshly harvested seeds.
- Bare seed at 1-4kg/ha
- Coated seeds at 2-8kg/ha