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Author(s):Busey, Philip
Author Affiliation:Turf Breeder, Ft. Lauderdale R. E. C., FL
Title:Establishment of bahiagrass
Source:Turfgrass Research in Florida: A Technical Report. May 1988, p. 1-11.
# of Pages:11
Publishing Information:Gainesville, FL: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Abstract/Contents:"Bahiagrass is a utilitarian turf, but it can be difficult to establish from seed. Field plot investigations at Fort Lauderdale showed that proper planting time, properly timed postplanting fertilization, proper cultivar selection, and other low cost practices can be used to achieve acceptable establishment. Bahiagrass establishment under non-irrigated conditions was observed to be a slow, sensitive process. Acceptable establishment required 3 to 12 or more months and high seeding rates, 100 to 140 pounds per acre, or else freedom from weeds. Acceptable bahiagrass establishment was observed only (but not always) in plantings in warm months, March through August. Late plantings (October through January) were always failures. The use of one companion crop (red millet) was extremely deleterious to bahiagrass establishment. Low seeding rates (50 pounds per acre) eventually yielded acceptable bahiagrass, when a suitable cultivar (e.g., Argentine or experimental RCP-1) was used, and when stands were fertilized 5 weeks after planting. Presumably, this was because 5-week old seedlings had sufficiently extensive root systems to capture and utilize nutrients. Fertilization at the time of planting encouraged significantly worse weed populations 3 weeks later, which could have been deleterious to bahiagrass seedlings. A complete fertilizer containing water soluble N was suitable, at 44 pounds N per acre. Compared with cultivars Pensacola and Argentine, experimental RCP-1 had the best germination and fastest establishment, but Argentine achieved comparable establishment ratings a year after planting, despite its mediocre initial germination."
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Busey, P. 1988. Establishment of bahiagrass. Turfgrass Res. FLA Tech. Rep. p. 1-11.
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