'Quick-N-Big' and 'Red River' crabgrasses for high quality forage in the summer time
Elstel Farm and Seeds, of Thomas and Ardmore Okla., owned and operated by R.L. and Pat Dalrymple, produce and provide seed for 'Quick-N-Big' Crabgrass and 'Red River' Crabgrass.
These high-quality crabgrasses were selected for their superior forage production as well as other desirable traits for forages.
'Red River' Crabgrass (RRCG) was first selected and released in 1988 Noble Foundation, Ardmore, Okla., as an officially certified crop. RRCG was the first world wide known selected variety of forage type crabgrass. RRCG has the genetic potential to be a very productive type of a runner type (stolon) crabgrass. It was researched and selected for forage from a collection of a large number of widely and naturally occurring ecotypes from several states and New Zealand.
'Quick-N-Big' Crabgrass (QNBCG), a large leaf crabgrass, is a proprietary variety of Elstel Farm and Seeds. It was first provided to producers in 2006, and as an Oklahoma Certified Seed in 2007 until present. QNBCG is an early developing, high producing forage crabgrass.
Early plot studies showed it to produce and average of about 10 percent more total tonnage that RRCG with much more early season forage. In some studies it produced over 20 percent that of RRCG.
QNBCG is genetically capable of getting very tall and productive if conditions allow it. It has been measured free standing up to 58 inches tall.
A major characteristic of QNBCG is that it can grow faster than other crabgrasses after it gets into the young tillering stage. It has been observed many times during initial growth stages, to be 12 to 16 inches tall by the time RRCG and common crabgrasses were about 3 to 4 inches tall. That earliness is important to the livestockman wanting earlier high-quality forages.
There are many reasons stock producers like to use crabgrass forages. By far, the most important reason is that crabgrasses are high-quality summer forage and they produce upper level animal weight gains or maintenance levels.
Quick-N-Big and Red River Crabgrasss varieties are also used in many styles of winter annuals (wheat) and crabgrass double cropping. The varieties are used in many summer forage mixtures. Bermudagrass and these grasses make good mixtures. Crabgrass can help re-vegetate drought damaged fescue and orchardgrass stands.
For more information, visit http://www.redrivercrabgrass.com.