A tall vigorous warm-season annual grass. Tolerates waterlogged soils, low fertility and cool conditions. It mainly use as cover crop and forage.
As cover crop: Very good smother crop with extensive root system to protect soils from erosion. Produces high levels of organic matter and holds available nutrients for the following crop.
As annual forage: Grown for green feed, silage and hay. Yields less than BMR but does not develop problems with prussic acid after frosts. It can, however, be toxic to horses, especially at later stages of growth. Regrows quickly after grazing or mowing.
For dry hay, mow before heading, as the thick stems are difficult to dry down. Its fine-textured leaves are highly palatable.