Red River Crab Grass

Red River Crabgrass
Red River Crabgrass

Red River Crabgrass

Crabgrass is believed to have evolved in Africa and made its way to Europe before being introduced to the USA as a contaminant in feed and fodder.

Red River crabgrass was developed by the Noble Foundation following crabgrass research and development which, in part looked at the historic use of crabgrass by farmers for grazing and hay production.

The parent plant for Red River crabgrass was one plant of hairy crabgrass: Digitaria ciliaris. In 1988 Red River crabgrass was officially named and released.

As a runner grass, crabgrass spreads by stolons which can grow to 4 feet in length. Where the stolons touch the ground roots are produced. Red River crabgrass can grow to around 3 feet high and produces enough seed for volunteer re-establishment.

Red River crabgrass is successfully grown in an area extending from Kansas to the South and East coasts of the USA. Best production is achieved in areas with warm, well drained, non-cracking soils. It will not produce well in soils with high salinity or alkalinity.

Crabgrass Seed

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Planting dates for crabgrass range from February to mid-summer depending on the situation. Crabgrass overseeded in small grains, ryegrass, winter legumes and bermudagrass can be no till planted or broadcast planted and treaded in during February to April. Crabgrass can be overseeded into bermuda grass in mid-summer. Crabgrass planted on a fine prepared seed-bed is best planted as soon as possible after the oaks begin to make leaf (late March to early May, depending on the area). Plant seed very shallow, 0-1/2″ deep.

Seeding rates recommended are usually 2 to 3 pounds of PLS (pure live seed) per acre. However, rates may range

Wind rows of Red River crabgrass

Windrows of Red River crabgrass

from 1 to 5 pounds depending on the objectives. We will be glad to discuss seeding rates you.

‘Red River’ crabgrass has produced 10,000 to over 12,000 lbs of dry weight forage per acre MANY TIMES under good moisture or irrigation. We believe that potential is important to those of you in good moisture areas or under irrigation. These yields could produce well over 1000 lbs of beef per acre, depending on stock management.

Crabgrass is excellent for summer pastures in many planned volunteer doublecrop forage approaches.

Crabgrass definately responds to acceptable MINIMUM (or reduced) tillage. However, it also is very successful in many NO-TILL approaches. For example: crabgrass & ryegrass; crabgrass & winter legumes (& ryegrass); crabgrass & ‘Matua’ bromegrass; crabgrass and bermuda grass; etc.

Red River crabgrass is one of the most palatable summer forages and the Noble Foundation report average daily gains of 1.8 pounds on medium quality crabgrass for steers and heifers. Under near perfect conditions gains have been around 2.5 pounds per day.

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  1. charles e. witte
    7 years ago

    I am interested in your red river crab grass. Our ranch is located in Southeast Central Texas, Austin county, near Bellville. We are on a soil that I call “water melon soil”, deep sand with a ph of 5.4 to 6.5, moderate acid to slightly acid. How would your crab grass do on that type of soil? I am wanting to establish year round pasture grazing without having to do a lot of expensive liming, and fertilizing. I don’t stock heavy, but need something that would have me plant density to keep the soil from blowing and eroding away. Do you have any legumes that would grow on these soil conditions. I don’t mind liming some, but perfer to have grasses adapted for those soil conditions, instead of adapting the soil for the grasses needs. Any grasses that your think would work under those condition, please advice. thank you

    • Freddie
      7 years ago

      Thank you for the response on Red River. There are several things i would like to go over with you, but its hard to do like this. If you would like, just call me on our TOLL FREE number and we can go through it all Our number is 1.800.826.3655. After 5:00 pm it goes to my cell phone, so you can get me anytime..Freddie

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