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Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Grasshoppers in Grass

Posted by romeethredge on June 23, 2012

Grasshoppers are being found everywhere and especially in grass hayfields and pastures. Here’s Eddie Hill and Thomas County Agent, Andrew Sawyer as we were looking at grasshoppers in Eddie’s Tift 85 Hybrid bermuda hayfield. The grass was beautiful and there were lots of grasshoppers but we didn’t find a tremendous amount of feeding going on. We decided that the best thing to do here is cut the grass for hay and then reevaluate when grasss strarts growing back as to whether to treat for the grasshoppers. Hopefully they will have hopped over somewhere else by that time.

Here’s some additional Bermudagrass information from


  Bermudagrass is a high-yielding, sod-forming grass that is well-suited for grazing or hay    production. It grows best on well-drained, fertile soils where ample moisture is available.    Bermudagrass does not persist on poorly-drained Flatwoods soils but can be successfully grown  on deep sandy soils because of its deep root system.

Georgia has played important roles in the history of forage bermudagrass in the U.S. and around the world. Common bermudagrass was reportedly introduced into the U.S. (probably from either India or Africa) in 1751 by Georgia’s second royal governor, Henry Ellis, in Savannah. Researchers and plant breeders from Georgia have also made significant advances that resulted in improved bermudagrass yields and forage quality. During his career, Dr. Glenn Burton, plant geneticist at the Georgia Coastal Plain Experiment Station (GCPES) in Tifton from 1936-1997, developed several hybrid bermudagrasses for southern forage programs. His most successful releases (e.g., “Coastal,” “Tifton 44,” and “Tifton 85″) continue to be recommended throughout the southeastern U.S. and in similar climates around the world. The warm season grass breeding program at the GCPES has continued this legacy of significant improvement in forage bermudagrass, with new and improved cultivars on the horizon.

Several varieties of bermudagrass are grown in Georgia. Improved hybrid bermudagrasses that are recommended for Georgia will consistently provide higher yields and superior quality relative to other varieties . Hybrid bermudagrasses respond to high N levels (200 to 400 lbs. per acre) in a hay production program. These grasses produce well over four to six tons of hay per acre when moisture is not limiting. Under hay production, hybrid bermudagrasses can be cut four to five times per year. When used for grazing, these grasses provide high yields of good quality forage when the stocking rate is managed to keep the grass closely grazed (two to six inches) to maintain good forage quality.

Recent media distortions about cattle deaths in Texas are discussed at the Georgia Forages website at this link


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