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 Post subject: Re: Grass Quiz (RV)
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The Red Grass standing in such thick patches will be a sign of the veld being in good condition while the Fine Thatching Grass as well as the Broom Love Grass are now highly un-palatable and will generally not be eaten any more.

This can now be regarded as moribund if these grasses are at the end of their life-cycle, thus no longer playing a role in seed dispersal etc.

Thus the best would be to burn the area to get rid of the old growth. Red Grass also does well when burnt. The new shoots of all these species will be highly palatable and will attract plenty of grazers!


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pantera leo :clap: :clap:

when is the best time to burn?

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Hiya, shortly before rains are expected. I'm not too much in favour of burning... Too many negatives. But then, what do I know??

Scientists nowadays think differently. A new line of thought re burning.

I see the clever Bosnimfie is here. :dance: :dance: She'll tell you more. In fact, she can quote from her dissertation. :wink: :wink: :thumbs_up: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Grass Quiz (RV)
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koedoe wrote:
when is the best time to burn?


The below mentioned is only applicable to the removal of grass moribund.

The best time to burn would be when the grass plants are dormant so as to not cause too much damage to the plants themselves as you only want to remove the useless dead growth.

Another factor to take into account would be to burn after the first spring rains. Not only does it supply water for the new growth it also dampness the soil so that the fire will not be too hot and damaging. Preferable after 10mm to ensure adequate moisture levels.

Air temperature must be below 20°C.

Relative humidity must be above 50%.

Accumulation of moribund beyond 3000kg/ha qualifies for burning and one should never let the accumulation go over 4000kg/ha.


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 Post subject: Re: Grass Quiz (RV)
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To the question now.

Some habitat-specific species of grass can present themselves in two or three succession stages. This particular grass can be found mostly as a climax or sub-climax specie but sometimes also as a pioneer underneath trees. It is a good grazing grass with high leaf production and palatability. Which specie am I referring to?


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Thanks pantera leo :thumbs_up:
dicisions... dicisions....to burn or not to burn.

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Panicum Maximum?

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Latin Name : Panicum Maximum
Uses : Guinea Grass is probably the most valuable grazing grass in its area of distribution. It is particularly palatable, delivers a high leaf production and usually occurs in abundance in good veld. The spikelets are very popular amongst seed-eating birds.
Description : Tufted perennial with 30 mm leaf blades. Inflorescence is an open panicle. Is highly palatable and favoured by all grazing herbivores. Spikelets are green to purple (purple particularly when the grass grows in direct sun). Remains green until late in winter. It originates in Africa, but today occurs in virtually all tropical parts of the world.
Habitat : All soils and damp places with fertile soil, especially in the shade of a tree, along rivers. It also utilises a variety of other growing conditions.
Flowers : September - March.

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Agree with E :thumbs_up: (as my lecturer refers to it exam grass :lol: )

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Panicum Maximum sounds like maximum panic - as in when I hear we are going camping. :lol: :lol:

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Agree with Elzet :thumbs_up:
Panicum Maximum (Gewone Buffelsgras)
It prefers moist and shady areas and thrive under trees and along rivers. Very compatable to all game species.

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 Post subject: Re: Grass Quiz (RV)
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:doh: Forgot about this one sorry! Tannie Elzet is correct, Panicum maximum or Guinea Grass was the one I'm looking for, thanks for joining in Ods & koedoe. :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Grass Quiz (RV)
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Tx PL. :wink: Or maybe not. :roll: Posting Q's are not my forté. :doh: Anyone is welcome to take IT away... If not, I'll BBL.

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Sooner than later.... :roll:


What is the relationship between a hyrax and Triraphis ram(m)ossissima in the Augrabies region?

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