Quick N Big Crabgrass Seed - Certified Seed (Digitaria aegyptica) - "Quick-N-Big' has its name because it germinates faster, grows quicker, reaches grazing stage or hay stage or maturity quicker. Quick and Big is a bigger taller plant than Red River. Quick N Big crabgrass was developed mainly for it's faster germination and quick growth in the early summer and spring. Quick N Big Crabgrass is more of a stooling grass than the Red River variety. This species of crabgrass is Quick and Big 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.
Seed Rate: 3-6 lbs. per acre
Seed Depth: 1/4 inch
Planting Time: Spring-Fall
Adaption: Central, Southern Zones
More Information on Quick N Big Crabgrass
Quick N Big Crabgrass produces faster growth and higher yields earlier than Red River Crabgrass. Quick N Big Crabgrass is 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 live weight are possible. Stockers have gained in excess of 1.5 lbs per day in suitable conditions.