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Southeast Area Specialist OCES

Bahia Grass FAQ

What is Bahiagrass and should I plant it?

Bahiagrass is a warm season perennial grass that does well in low fertility environments. It will respond to nitrogen fertility and can withstand heavy grazing pressure. It is however, not very cold tolerant and does best south of a line from Poteau, Ok. to Durant, Ok., where it has less chance of freezing out in severe winters. If you want a grass that will hold the ground together with minimum inputs, you may want to look at Bahia.

What kind of yields can I expect from Bahia?

Bahia can produce 2 to 3 tons of production per acre when fertilized with 100 units of N per acre. (200 lb/ac urea)

What is the quality of Bahia throughout the year?

Bahia will have the same quality as Bermuda up to the middle of July. After this time the quality and digestibility fall off rapidly.

Can I grow Bahiagrass in my county?

Bahia will grow in all the counties in southeast Oklahoma until we have an extremely cold winter. It will withstand the winters best in Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Pushmataha, and McCurtain counties.

How do I kill Bahia out of my Bermuda grass pasture?

Disk it in September or October and let it winter kill. You  will not get 100% control and you will essentially be re-sprigging the Bermuda grass. Also expect new plants to come up from seed. There are some chemicals that are active against Bahia. Check with your extension educator for chemical options.

For more complete information, contact your county extension office.

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