Callide can be used as permanent pasture or as a short- to medium-term pasture ley to restore soil structure, improve organic matter levels and reduce nematode numbers. Can also be under sown into maize. Makes good hay if cut at or just before very early flowering. Generally not suitable for silage. Provides fair standover roughage when mature, better than Cenchrus ciliaris and Panicum maximum due to its greater cold resistance and lower loss of dry leaves. Develops good ground cover and effectively controls erosion once established (needs regular defoliation to maintain cover). Also effectively suppresses woody weed regrowth provided trees and shrubs are not well established prior to planting the grass.

Key features

• Highly palatable, very late flowering and productive stoloniferous grass
• Well suited to companion legumes such as Siratro and B1 Burgundy
• Ideal for quality grazing and/or hay making

Mariner, a tetraploid Rhodes grass (Chloris gayana), is a new Samford type. Bred in Australia, this perennial variety was specifically selected for superior growth characteristics including increased production, persistence and greater forage quality over commercial Samford and Callide varieties. Leaf blades are large, with multiple tillering characteristics producing a high leaf to stem ratio. Palatability of this variety remains high, even when mature. The multiple tillering characteristics of Mariner produces a high leaf to stem ratio, which provides more consumable dry matter than other tetraploid Rhodes grass varieties. Maturity evenness of this variety provides higher protein feed late in the season. Mariner demonstrates exceptional recovery after grazing or cutting. Later flowering than other Samford or Callide Rhodes grass types provides Mariner the ability to maintain feed quality longer and out yield similar varieties in the market place.

Mariner Rhodes grass is an excellent option for high input, intensive grazing or hay cutting operations. The stoloniferous ability of Rhodes grass makes it ideal for land reclamation and erosion control.


Suggested Sowing Rates (AgriCote coated seed)

Marginal Dryland: 4−6Kg/Ha
Ideal Dryland: 8−12Kg/Ha
Irrigated: 15−20Kg/Ha

Variety Management / Agronomy
Mariner is well suited to tropical, sub-tropical and warm coastal temperate regions. Rhodes grass tolerates a wide range of soils. Tetraploid Rhodes grass performs and persists best on soils of higher fertility and will respond exceptionally to higher input (fertiliser/irrigation) applications and/or management for intensive production systems. It can however be hard to establish on heavy cracking clays.

Compatibility (with other species)
Mariner Rhodes grass performs well in tropical mixes and is compatible with a variety of pasture species. Grasses include lower growing Panic species (Gatton and Green), Brachiaria, Setaria and Bluegrasses. Mariner combines well with legumes such as Burgundy Bean, Siratro, Desmodium, Butterfly Pea, Centro, Glycine, Coastal Stylo, Desmanthus, and Lucerne. Persistence of these legumes over time will be dependent on grazing management as many of these legumes may be less tolerant of grazing or have different management requirements.

Growth Habit
Mariner Rhodes grass has a dense, tufted, leafy growth habit with finer leaf and stems compared to  Samford or Callide. The variety is strongly stoloniferous, whose aggressive runners provide good soil cover for weed suppression and erosion control. This stoloniferous characteristic aids in strong establishment, long term persistence and makes this species ideal for land reclamation. Mariner Rhodes grass has the ability to dispose excess salt on the basal growth region of the plant, providing salt tolerance abilities. Mariner Rhodes being a tetraploid, is sensitive to day length and flowering occurs in response to shortening day length. Flushes of flowering occur when day length falls below 12 hours, resulting in an intense flowering event at this time.


SKU 564
Brand Barenbrug
Shipping Weight 1.0000kg
Shipping Width 0.175m
Shipping Height 0.047m
Shipping Length 0.100m
Shipping Cubic 0.000822500m3

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