MORHAY is a formulated mixture of Giant Bermuda and other high quality Bermuda grasses.
- Drought Resistant
- Dark Green color
- High yields
- Rapid Spreading
- Heat Tolerant
- Low Maintenance
Once established, A MORHAY pasture can produce three tons of hay per acre with little moisture. With sub-moisture or irrigation, the production output could double.
Morhay Coastal Bermuda
Crude Protien: 14.8% 9.4%
Available Protein: 13.7% 5.6%
Digestible Protein: 9.1% 4.4%
*Tested by Texas A&M Forage Testing Laboratory.
Planting and Growing Guidelines:
Land Preparation: When planting warm season perennials on clay or tight soils low in organic matter, deep disc or chisel in late summer or early fall (Septmeber to October). Allow late fall or early spring rains to firm the soil. Cultivate very shallow to keep weed free until planting. Platn in late March or April. (When there is no chance of a freeze and soil temperatures are above 65 degrees.)
Planting: Seed at a rate of 15 to 20 lbs./ acre. Plant seed in a small shallow furrow about (1/4 inch) in contact with firm soil below the seed. Roll or Pack after planting. If soil is loose, pack before planting and again after planting for best results. Early growth of seedlings is slow until roots are established. Control weeds and other crop volunteers so that young seedlings have full exposure to sunlight.
Fertilization: A well-managed pasture of MORHAY can use up to 100 to 200 lbs. of actual nitrogen per acre durign the growing season for good yields. For best results fertilizer should be applied two or three times during the growing season. On heavier soils, soil compaction usually occurs. This can be controlled with spring renovation every three or four years with the incorporation of high amounts of phosphate, potash or lime according to the soil test. This will help promote healthy root development.
Management: MORHAY pastures will persist under continuous grazing, but you can get much more grazing per acre with the same amount of fertilizer if your pastures are cross-fenced. For best results try to provide at least three pastures and rotate cattle from one pasture to another on approximately 10-day intervals. This means each pasture will get about 20 days rest between grazings. Use a grazing pressure of about three to four cows per acre to determin the size of the MORHAY pastures.
Young leafy Bermuda grass has the highest feed value, so rotate animals to pasture when new growth reaches 3 to 5 inches tall.
Dragging pastures with a chain link harrow at least once per year will help to spread manure droppings, which reduces the parasite populations by exposing them to the air and sunlight. Dragging also helps to smooth areas where holes are created by hoofs on wet soils.
Pasture growth will slow as temperatures cool off in the fall. It will go dormant after the first frost. Many annual cool season crops can be grown in a dormant MORHAY pasture. Crops like TYFON (forage brassica) give earlier fall grazing and Berseem clover or vetches will give late winter and early spring grazing. There are other clovers that work well depending on soil type.
Experience has shown that when the above suggestions are followed and good rains favor, good stands can be expected and high yields will follow.
A winter pasture blend consisting of cool season grains, ryegrasses, or clover is often planted in October or November when the Bermuda grass goes dormant and remains unproductive until the following spring growing season.
The best method for planting winter forage seed into dormant MORHAY sod is to drill the seed directly into very short Bermuda stubble with no cultivation. Regardsless of which method you choose for overseeding into the Bermuda grass, keep in mind that land preparation should be limited to as little as possible to reduce damage to the dormant Bermuda grass.