Pub of the Month: Bermudagrass—A summer Forage in Kentucky (AGR-48)

Climatically, Kentucky lies within a transition zone, where extreme temperatures and variations in rainfall occur. Cool season grasses, such as tall fescue, orchardgrass, Kentucky bluegrass, and timothy are well adapted to this zone. However, forage productivity and quality of these species typically reach seasonal lows in the midsummer months, when cool season grasses grow more slowly. Bermudagrass can be used successfully as part of a livestock forage program to supplement summer production of cool season grasses. It is high-yielding, sod-forming, warm season perennial grass that is most productive on well-drained, fertile soils. Bermudagrass is widely grown in the southern United States for pasture and hay. Download the full publication here.