Offers quick feed
SOUTHERN BLUE was bred by the ARC - RFI at the Cedara Centre in Pietermaritzburg. It is a local cultivar. SOUTHERN BLUE offers quick feed and longevity where irrigation is not possible. SOUTHERN BLUE has been used to very good effect for over-sowing into Kikuyu in late autumn and so is available as feed at an early stage.
Planting takes place from February onwards. SOUTHERN BLUE is adapted to our extreme temperatures and low rainfall.
SOUTHERN BLUE can be established from early February in cooler areas until late autumn.
Later flowering stooling
LEBA is a later flowering Stooling. LEBA is fairly drought and cold tolerant and can handle cold, but tends to go into Stooling mode when it gets too cold. LEBA has good regenerative properties after a grazing.
LEBA needs a cold spell to vernalize and can therefore be planted fairly early in autumn (February / March)
LEBA has good dry matter production. Recommended sowing rate 35-50kg / ha dry land, planted in rows. 75 – 100kg/ha broadcast or irrigated