One of the most important decisions a forage producer must make is which variety or varieties to plant. Many varieties of forage crops are marketed in
In Winn Parish the two most common warm season pasture varieties of grasses used today are Bermuda grass and Bahia grass. These two grasses supply ample forage for livestock when they are managed properly and have correct amounts of fertilize and lime applied to the fields. To obtain a proper fertilize and lime recommendation a soil sample needs to be pulled on the field and the cost is $16.00. Bermudagrass can be established by sprigs or seeds depending on the variety you select, and Bahia grass is established by seeds.
Bermuda grass can be grown throughout Louisiana and is adapted to most soil types. Both seed-propagated and vegetative propagated varieties are available. Seeded varieties should be planted at a rate of 5 pounds of hulled seed per acre. The hybrid varieties should be planted with enough material to give about 7,500 plants per acre.
Hybrids: Alicia, Brazos, Coastal, Tifton, Russell, and Jiggs
Bahia grass is widely grown throughout Louisiana and is particularly adapted to well-drained and low fertility soils.It should be seeded at a rate of 15 pounds per acre.
Argentine, Pensacola and Tifton
For more information on soil sampling, pasture establishment and care contact County Agent Donny Moon at 318-628-4528.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture