Not all Bermuda grasses are created equal, but varieties are often confused as their own separate species.
Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton, said she receives numerous calls each year regarding Bermuda grasses by producers who are confused about warm-season grass species and looking for the right fit to their location.
Bermuda grass is a warm-season perennial grass that spreads mainly via underground stems, or rhizomes, and horizontal above-ground stems, or stolons, she said. The grass tolerates a wide range of soil types and soil pH levels, which makes it adapted to most of the Southern U.S.
“Most people think these Bermuda grass varieties are a species of their own, but they are not,” Corriher-Olson said. “They are hybrid varieties of Bermuda grass.”
For more information about Bermuda grass varieties and other forage-related topics, go to https://foragefax.tamu.edu/. Producers who are not sure which variety is best for their location and production system can visit with a local AgriLife Extension agent for region-specific recommendations.
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