|HorsePasture.com - An Informational Website From
Growing the correct,
best and safest warm season grass for your
horses can make a difference in keeping feed bills lower and your horses healthier. Pasture grazing is a great way to supplement your feed grains by providing the
correct grass containing natural nutrients & protein for a healthy horse.
Warm season grass for equestrian animals are adapted to the tropics, sub-tropical and into the temperate zones. These grasses can be native to the area, developed for a certain area, permanent or seasonal grasses.
Pasture grasses are either seeded or planted from vegetative sources, depending upon the type of pasture grass chosen. Pasture grass varieties are higher in green forage for grazing and
many are used for
winter hay purposes.
Types of Warm Season Grasses For Horses
We have compiled a list of the most commonly used pasture grass in the warm season areas of the USA. This list includes legumes (clovers etc) and grass suited for hay
Bermuda Grass For Horse Pastures
Bermudagrass is a perennial grass that is one of the most popular grasses grown in the South for horses and livestock grazing.
Features of Bermudagrass:
- Bermuda establishes rapidly and withstands dryer conditions
- Bermuda does well in many different type soils
- Bermuda has the ability to enter dormancy in severe droughts and will "green" back up when the
dry spell is over
- Bermuda grass is invasive enough to choke out weeds when fertilized and receiving enough yearly rainfall
- Bermuda can recover from injury faster than many other grasses from herd impact
- Bermuda Grass is generally less prone to disease or insect damage than the cool season grasses
Bermudagrass is one warm season grass that can be found growing much further north than commonly thought due to the development of cold tolerant species such as Mohawk and others. Bermuda grass varieties also differ in blade and stem texture, color, sod density, fertility needs, and vegetative material green or dry. Numerous varieties are available in seeded and vegetative grass.
Bermuda Grass Pasture Seed Varieties
There are many varieties of Bermudagrass from common bermuda to the best in the vegetative line such as coastal Bermuda. Note: Giant Bermuda has the same erect and giant growth and vigorous spreading habits associated with hybrid Coastal Bermuda.
Pasto Rico Brand is a blend of 50/50 giant bermuda and common bermuda grass seed.
Common Bermuda Grass
is as the name implies, a common bermuda grass variety, that is still popular for hay production purposes and in rotational systems with other grasses or forages. Seeded Bermuda Grass varieties are being improved continually and there is a wider
range to chose from than ever before. The newer improved varieties that are popular for grazing both cattle and horses safely are listed below.
CHEYENNE II BERMUDA GRASS - Improved Pasture Forage Bermuda for grazing
and hay production
RANCHERO FRIO BERMUDA
GRASS BLEND - A Blend of improved varieties Cheyenne
MOHAWK FORAGE BERMUDA GRASS - A high yielding,
bermuda that is more cold tolerant and excellent for grazing and hay production.
PASTO RICO BERMUDA GRASS SEED BLEND - A seed mixture of Common Bermuda grass
seed with Giant Bermuda Grass Seed that delivers a faster stand for pasture grazing and hay production. Giant Bermuda Grass also will live for 3 to 5 years.
GIANT BERMUDA GRASS SEED - Also known as NK37 bermuda grass is a Bermuda Grass that is very similar to
Coastal Bermuda grass with the exception that this bermuda produces seed. Find Giant bermuda grass seed in the Pasto Rico bermuda grass mixture.
WRANGLER BERMUDA GRASS SEED - Wrangler bermuda forage grass out
performs other bermuda grasses in the tough to grow in transition zone. An excellent forage grass for horses.
For details on bermuda grass in pastures see our informational
Bahia Grass For Horse Pastures
Bahia is an easily seeded bunching grass and is used in planting permanent pastures. The Bahia grass forms a thick, dense sod, grows fast under average rainfall, light to medium green in
color and can withstand the impact of larger herds of cattle and horses. Bahia is resistant to most all diseases and has few
insect problems. Since it is easily seeded this is the least expensive method for pastures.
There are two common varieties of bahia grass seed, Argentine and Pensacola. The Argentine variety is the finer bladed and more the tropical of the bahia varieties. Pensacola bahia
grass is the favorite variety of most of the adapted planting areas. Pensacola grows farther
north and can take the cooler weather better than Argentine. Pensacola Bahia can withstand heavy foraging and recovers fast.
Argentine Bahia is widely used from tropical, sub-tropical and
lower areas of the temperate zones. This is a wide bladed Bahia grass and grows best in areas of average+ rainfall and prefers better soils than the Pensacola Bahia. Argentine is easy to manage and can be grazed closely without sustaining damage to the plant. This is a highly palatable grass
and is one of the primary warm season pasture grasses. High disease and insect resistance, low fertility requirements but responds well to additions of nitrogen to boost growth. Nitrogen
may be naturally added to soils by planting legumes such as clovers during the cool season months.
NOTE: Argentine Bahia produces a condition known as ergot on its seed. These diseased seeds can cause abortion problems in pregnant Mares if they eat the seed heads. This
problem can be solved by managing your Argentine pasture through mowing or by keeping pregnant horses confined. Horses actually like the taste of Argentine Bahia over the other bahia grass varieties.
ARGENTINE BAHIA - A highly palatable grass that is one of the primary
warm season pasture grasses.
Pensacola Bahia is grown primarily in the sub-tropical and temperate zones. This is
a medium textured bunching grass that has been grown extensively in South America, Florida
and Texas for permanent cattle and horse pasturage. More drought and cold
tolerant than Argentine and adapted to a wider range of soils. Deep root system, high
traffic density, used for forage, hay and seed production. It is slower to establish than many
warm season grasses. Responds well to water and fertilization when available.
BAHIA - Planted on Millions of acres for cattle and horse
pasturage throughout the Southeastern USA during the past 50 years.
Improved Bahia Grass For Pastures
TifQuik and Tifton 9 bahia grass seed produce the most total forage, followed by Argentine and then Pensacola. Listed below are facts about these improved bahia grass
Tifton 9 Bahia Grass Seed was specifically developed to extend farther into the upper temperate zone. This grass can be overseeded in the winter months with a cool season forage to extend pasture usage.
This is the best choice in improved Bahia grass seed for use in pastures.
- Up to 40% more forage can be gained with proper pasture management.
- Produces more forage material than Argentine or Pensacola Bahia grass species.
- Drought tolerant - with an extensive root system.
- Grows farther north in the southern USA than other Bahia grass.
- Better palatability with a finer texture than the Argentine or Pensacola bahia grass varieties.
TIFTON 9 BAHIA GRASS
- CERTIFIED SEED - Plant this improved Bahia grass from seeds! The best Bahia
Grass seed for horse pastures you can buy...
TifQuik Bahia Grass Seed is a rapid germinating bahia grass that has been developed for the Southeastern
grass has features that are not present in other popular bahia grasses such as Argentine, Pensacola, and Tifton 9.
- Up to 75% faster germination than Tifton 9 or Pensacola Bahia - due to low dormant and hard seed content
- Very rapid establishment allowing a jump on weeds
- Exceptional seedling vigor
- Higher forage yields
- Grazing or hay removal may be started earlier
- Increased hay yields
- Early Spring Frost Recovery
TIFQUIK BAHIA GRASS SEED - CERTIFIED SEED
- Faster germination gives you a jump on weeds and an extended grazing and hay production season.
For details on bahia grass in pastures see our informational
Weeping Lovegrass Seed For Horse Pasture & Hay
Love Grass Seed produces a pasture grass that horses will graze and can make excellent quality hay with a high fiber content. Its palatability and quality rival that of the best of the grass hays.
Love Grass will
thrive on sandy well drained soils, is easily established from seed, and spreads by seed or tillering.
Pastures of weeping love grass should be grazed on a rotational basis or harvested for hay due to it's rapid growth habits. It will not tolerate long-term short grazing,
especially during the fall.
Weeping Lovegrass does well as a grazing pasture grass when used in conjunction with other grass varieties and on a rotational basis. It grows best in the Southern Great Plains
areas including Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and in the Southern parts of New Mexico, Nevada and California (east of mountains). It is also used in transition zone of Eastern USA primarily
for forage and erosion control.
Complimentary Forage Crops For Horse Pasture & Hay
Clovers - www.cloverseed.com
Millets - www.milletseed.com
Plant Forage Ryegrasses in the Fall!
www.farmseeds.com - Your
There are numerous other annual forages that are available for planting - Check them out at FarmSeeds.com
or online at Seedland's Farm
Passerel - Passerel Rye Grass Seed
is an improved forage Annual Ryegrass providing increased forage tonnage
at only very little increase in cost over annual ryegrass!
|HorsePasture.com - An Informational Website From Seedland.com
a beautiful tomorrow!®