Dalrymple Farms dba "Elstel Farm and Seeds of Thomas", OK also known as "The Crabgrass Seed Folks" specialize in producing and providing the Only Improved Varieties in the World of crabgrass, 'Quick-N-Big®' Crabgrass and 'Red River' Crabgrass. Both Varieties are taller, bigger types of forage crabgrass compared to the usual "natural" crabgrass. We have been providing crabgrass seed of the Improved Variety since 1991 when we started with 'Red River' Crabgrass, and in 1996 we introduced 'Quick-N-Big®' Crabgrass. Both Varieties are full summer season grasses when managed properly.
Our crabgrass is used primarily for grazing forage including cattle, horses, sheep, goats and all kinds of farm grazers, including hogs, chickens and exotics. Our crabgrass makes among the highest of hay quality for the summer grasses. They are superb hays for calves, horses, sheep, goats, as well as cows.
The 'Quick-N-Big®' Crabgrass and 'Red River' Crabgrass are also used in a wide variety of other situations, from low maintenance yards, mixture components in any reclamation or conservation planting, oilfield re-vegetation situations, mixture component in many winter and summer farm and ranch pastures, and a mixture component in wildlife forage. The 'Quick-N-Bag®' Crabgrass, especially, and also the 'Red River' Crabgrass varieties are superb components in a conservation planting mixtures as above, and for pond dikes, terraces, waterways, level block terraces, equipment parking lots, etc. These are only a few examples of this versatile crabgrass.
First Field Harvest of 'Quick-N-Big' Crabgrass in 2005
Above is the first field harvest of 'Quick-N-Big®'' Crabgrass seed increase in 2005 in West Central Oklahoma (Thomas). This held is on fine sandy loam to silt loam soils and dry land. Hay production after the harvest about 2.5 tons/acre. For Crabgrasses; 'Quick-N-Big®'' Crabgrass is a very productive, erect growing profuse tillering, relatively "quick" germinating, "quick" seedling growth, "quick" growth to first grazing or haying, and "Big" (up to over 48 inches tall), improved crabgrass....if well managed. It has upper level early forage production and it is full season if managed properly.
Dalrymple Farms stocker steers on 'Quick-N-Big®' Crabgrass pasture on May 27, 2010
Above photo was taken on May 27, 2010 of Dalrymple Farms stocker steers grazing on 'Quick-N-Big®' Crabgrass pasture during a "usual" rainy spring season. It shows 18-22 inch tall 'Quick-N-Big®' Crabgrass that was actually ready to properly graze by about May 17th to May 20th in an Oklahoma City latitude. The pasture has a few Redroot Pigweed, the only "good" forage pigweed, but they are good "cow feed" too. These cattle were "grazing out" wheat pasture, and when that was done they were rotated to the single crop 'Quick-N-Big®' Crabgrass. That switch usually comes together OK. Dalrymple Farms uses several forages, in some variable sequence of use. Somewhat in normal fashion, this first includes wheat pasture graze out, followed by weeping lovegrass, bermuda grass, Plains Old World Bluestem, and true mixed grass prairie. All in some sort of rotation. We try to keep stockers on crabgrass pasture as much as we can, for upper level gains. These cattle spent over 50% of their summer on this 'Quick-N-Big®' Crabgrass pasture. These steers had an overall gain from beginning to end (buy to sell) of near 1.8 lbs ADG.
'Red River' Crabgrass at near perfect stage for haying
This is 'Red River' Crabgrass at the near perfect stage for haying, with a few heads with ripe seeds for volunteer management. Production is good and plant stage at harvest is good. Always cut crabgrass hay to leave a leafy stubble (3-4 inch or 4-6 inches if needed) until the last cut to be made, then cut as short as possible. 'Red River' Crabgrass is a very productive, full summer season, natural ecotype selected by personnel of Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK. It was released for public use in 1988. 'Red River' Crabgrass is a semi-erect, tall growing ecotype, with runner (stolon) capability. It was selected from a study of nearly 50 natural growing crabgrasses as the best one from collections from numerous Oklahoma areas, plus selections from Missouri, New Mexico and Delaware. It may have better late season production than 'Quick-N-Big®'' Crabgrass, but that is highly dependent on management of both good varieties.
Second Grazing of 'Red River' Crabgrass
Second grazing of 'Red River' Crabgrass at an excellent stage of growth for forage yield, forage quality and enough, or surplus, ripening seed heads for volunteer management.
The Fact Sheet section of the website provides much more information on both the 'Quick-N-Big®' Crabgrass and 'Red River' Crabgrass