Tully Humidicola

Brachiaria Humidicola

  • Persistent and vigorous growing perennial
  • Low growing perennial with stoloniferous growth habit
  • Widely adapted to tropics and sub-tropics and grows best at 30⁰ - 35⁰c with 1,500mm annual rainfall condition

 

    Description:

     

    Humidicola is a highly stoloniferous perennial grass with the ability to withstand prolonged waterlogging. It will establish in low fertility soils and has a vigorous and dense mat forming growth habit that responds well to fertiliser. It withstands heavy grazing with minimum weed invasion, but this density makes it incompatible with twining type legumes. Minimum 1000mm rainfall regions.

     

    Tully replaces Signal grass in areas prone to waterlogging. It is recommended for high rainfall areas and has been reported to have good tolerance to acid soil however, it has many other features similar to Signal grass.

     

    Plant Characteristics:

     

    Persistent and vigorous growing perennial – once established it can persist for a number of years due to its robust root system.


    Growth habit – low growing perennial with stoloniferous growth habit; stolons can root readily at the nodes to produce a dense sward and allow the plant to withstand heavy grazing. It can remain green long into the growing season and can readily respond to soil nitrogen input or light rain with new production of digestible foliate.


    Adaptation – widely adapted to tropics and sub-tropics and grows best at 30⁰ - 35⁰c with 1,500mm annual rainfall condition.


    Uses – suitable for grazing and erosion control since it can produce high forage yield and remain green long into the dry season.

     

    Seed Characteristics:

     

    Seeds are small and elongated, well filled seeds with bare seeds average at 220,000 seeds/kg.

    Seed dormancy can be a problem and can affect establishment.

     

    Recommended Seeding Rate:

     

    Planting Rate (kg/ha): Marginal Dryland 4-6, Good Dryland 8-12, Irrigated 12-15.

     

    Tropical Grasses

    Tropically adapted grasses come in a wide range of species adapted to varying conditions. Many summer crops grown today are annual tropical grasses. Perennial tropical grasses offer the same benefits in terms of growth response to moisture & temperature and dry matter production.