McDonalds Seeds

Forage Crops Annual Summer Seed

COMMON NAME
BOTANICAL NAME
CULTIVAR
TIME TO SOW
SOWING RATE
SITE PREFERENCE
UTILIZATION
SUMMER      
Babala or Pearl MilletPennisetum americanum Mid Oct – Dec15 – 25Very adaptable.Emergency summer grazing. Good silage at heading late maturing, compared to jap millet and forage sorghum.
Japanese MilletEchinochloa crus-galli Mid Oct – Dec15 – 25Very adaptable.Suitable for double cropping with annual temperates. Good grazing and fair silage.
Forage sorghumSorghum spp. HybridsSweetgrazerMid Oct – Dec15 – 25Very adaptable.Emergency summer grazing and good silage if enlisted after heading. Does not yield as much and is not as disease resistant as Babala.
Velvet beanMacuna deeringianumMount BarkerNov – Dec20 – 30 (50 if sown alone)Adaptable, frost free areas.Grown with maize in row for silage
Soyabean (silage or hay)Glycine max Oct – Nov50 – 60Deep fertile soil rich humus.Makes very good silage with molasses or mixed 1 to 2 with maize.
CowpeasVigna unguiculataDr. Saunders / Iron grey MixedOct – Nov20 – 30 (50 if sown alone)Adaptable.As for soya beans but does better in dryer areas. Sometimes used for hay and green manure.
Dolichous LablabLablab purpureusRongaiOct – Nov20 – 30Adaptable.As for velvet bean but does better in drier areas.