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Old 08-10-2019, 02:05 PM   #1
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Growing Grass

Anyone that ranches knows that its mainly about growing the best nutritious grass that the cows can then turn into quality beef. This year we had excellent rains and averaged 6 rolls to the acre of quality hay.

After the rains this year, this bottom-land only needs the Texas sun to produce high protein quality hay.
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Old 08-11-2019, 05:36 PM   #2
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Can't tell from pic--is that one of the Bermudas?
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:18 PM   #3
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No, jm423, its Bahia grass.
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Old 08-12-2019, 08:56 AM   #4
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That is LOTS of bahia per acre.
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That is LOTS of bahia per acre.
Yes, and naturally fertilized by the creek overflows....all organic, no chemicals. It was up about 4 feet high on the tractor when we cut it. Rain sure is magic stuff.

We sell enough to make the effective cost for our hay we feed to our cows to be "0".
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I'm in what is supposed to be bahia country--post oak sand. Here you couldn't make that much hay off 300 acres with fertilizer and good rain!
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That's a 20 acre field pictured...134 rolls, fertilized only by creek overflows.

It is an "improved" Bahia called Tifton Bahia out of Georgia...same folks who created the Tifton Bermuda.

I only cut it once each year, never graze it, and as a result with rain never have to fertilize. I lime it about every 10 years or so. Best Hay in Polk County, IMO.
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I just balled our 2nd cutting of coastal. I do have to fertilize though.
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I just balled our 2nd cutting of coastal. I do have to fertilize though.
Yep, W_R_ , if I did second cuttings I would have to fertilize also, but by single cutting larger numbers of acres I get plenty of hay for us and a good bit to sell in good years and never have to fertilize. Just a different way of doing it than most around here.

One of my neighbors always fertilizes each cutting but on his second cuttings he's looking at 2 rolls per acre, if he's lucky.
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