Quick-N-Big Crabgrass was developed mainly for it's faster germination and quick growth in the spring and early summer. Quick-N-Big Crabgrass is more of a stooling grass than the Red River variety. Quick-N-Big Crabgrass is excellent for more northern regions, where Crabgrass is grown.
- Fast germination
- Hay production
- Higher yields
- Sandy or clay loam soils
- Well drained soil
"Quick-N-Big" Crabgrass Seed has its name because it germinates faster, grows quicker, reaches grazing stage—or hay stage or maturity—quicker. Quick-N-Big is a bigger, taller plant than Red River. This species of Crabgrass does have runners, but not as many as Red River. For hay production, be sure not to allow Quick-N-Big to pass maturity, and harvesting height should be higher than Red River or Bermuda Grasses.
Quick-N-Big Crabgrass produces faster growth and higher yields earlier than Red River Crabgrass.
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.
Plant between spring and fall at a rate of 3 to 6 lbs. per acre. Plant at a depth of 1/4 in.
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 in. 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. Phosphorus and Potassium levels should be applied according to soil tests, 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 live weight are possible. Stockers have gained in excess of 1.5 lbs. per day in suitable conditions.