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Cenchrus ciliaris

Buffalo grass is a summer growing perennial forage crop. The plants are tufted and can have short rhizomes. This grass is very drought resistant. The growth form makes this species ideal for soil cover and erosion control.


This grass is best adapted to areas where the annual rainfall is between 350 mm and 750 mm.

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  • 2 to 9 t DM/ha/season dryland
    Depending on environmental conditions and management

  • Strongly perennial species

  • Highly palatable when managed correctly

  • Very drought tolerant

  • Can be used with dryland cropping

  • Doing exceptionally well under irrigation

  • Persistent

  • Quick to respond after rain

  • Widely adapted

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