Comparing Native Grass Species to Bahiagrass as a Forage Hay Crop

2013 Annual Report for FS11-256

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2011: $9,982.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2014
Region: Southern
State: Mississippi
Principal Investigator:

Comparing Native Grass Species to Bahiagrass as a Forage Hay Crop


May 1, 2013 – Applied Metsulfuron at 0.04 oz / ac. for Bahiagrass control and 2-4 D at 1.0 qts / ac. for broadleaf weed control on native grass.

May 30, 2013 – Applied 51 units Nitrogen / ac. on Bahiagrass.

August 1, 2013 – Took clippings from native grass and Bahiagrass for submission to lab for nutritional analysis.

August 15, 2013 – Cut bahiagrass for hay

Objectives/Performance Targets

The forage analysis results show that crude protein for the native grass was 7.45 % and TDN 50.17 % and Bahiagrass crude protein was 6.93 % and TDN was 50.62 % (see attached result sheets). No hay production was determined since native grass was not harvested for hay. However native grass hay rolls left over from 2012 year has more damage than Bahiagrass hay due to courser stems and no thatch effect can be established.


Continue nutrient and production measurements between Bahiagrass and native grass.

Impacts and Contributions/Outcomes

Findings show that native grass has as much or more nutritional value with no fertilization than Bahiagrass with fertilization.  Native grass does not make a good hay forage due to the larger stems at recommended cutting height causes very course hay rolls which leads to more moisture absorbtion. This causes quicker and more hay loss than with Bahiagrass.


George Rowland
Project Coordinator for RC&D
P.O. Box 119
Pontotoc, MS 38863
Office Phone: 6624893563
Dr. David Lang
Associate Professor
Box 9555
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Office Phone: 6623258181
Robert Wimbish
Resource Conservationist
2655 Traceland Drive
Tupelo, MS 38801
Office Phone: 6628442341
Dr. Rocky Lemus
Asst. Extension / Research Professor
256 Dorman Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Office Phone: 6623257718
Danny Owen
Tishomingo County Extension Agent
238 Kaki Street
Iuka, MS 38852
Office Phone: 6624237016
John Gruchy
Private Lands Habitat Program Wildlife Biologist
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
Office Phone: 6622741050