"Quick-N-Big' was developed for it's
faster germination and quick growth, producing faster and higher yields
earlier than Red River Crabgrass. Excellent for more northern regions
where crabgrass is grown.
Crabgrass is generally thought of as a
weed, but many cattlemen in the southern regions of the United States
consider it a high producing, high quality forage in a double cropping
system behind small grain winter annual forages such as wheat, rye, and
triticale. Crabgrass is a summer annual forage which is propagated by
seed, either volunteer or planted. Crabgrass is adapted to many soil
types but grows best on sandy and clay loam soils with good drainage.
Crabgrass can be utilized by either grazing or haying. Grazing of
crabgrass should begin when the plants reach 4 to 6 inches tall. Haying
should occur on a schedule to minimize the production of seedheads
since forage quality is best before allowing seedhead production. Soil
fertility is critical in maximizing both forage quality and quantity.
Phosphorous and Potassium levels should be applied according to soil
test and applications of as much as 150 lbs. of actual nitrogen in split
applications can be applied throughout the summer to maintain
production. Rainfall and fertility determine stocking rates. With
sufficient moisture and nitrogen, stocking rates of 800 to 1200 lbs of
liveweight are possible. Stockers have gained in excess of 1.5 lbs per
day in suitable conditions.