Management of young Bermuda.

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Management of young Bermuda.

Post by callmefence » Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:20 pm

So we finally have gotten Bermuda to stick.
We sprigged coastal in late February. And immediately got a dry spell.. :roll:
It hurt for sure but the following months of rain has surprised me. It varies from almost complete coverage to 30 percent depending on where your at in the field. Still very short but big strong runners out several feet. I overseeded with pure giant Bermuda in April and have a good stand of it as well. Some places very thick and a foot or better. It grows almost straight up from the get go. Then as it lays over starts pegging down and running.

1. Weeds milkweed, broomweed, devilsclaw all easy enough to kill. But would 24d be ok on the young grass. I'm sure the sprigged grass would be fine. But would there be danger of 24d on the two months old seeded grass.
2. Kr bluestem , barnyard grass , and foxtail. These are good grasses , but I want this field to be pure Bermuda as possible. The kr I think will be overcome by fertilizer and mowing, I'm not so sure there's anything I can do to the foxtail and barnyard until next year???
3. At what point should I consider maybe pulling a sharp straight disc over it to cut runners to thicken stand.

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Re: Management of young Bermuda.

Post by True Grit Farms » Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:39 pm

I like the idea of pulling a straight disc through the stand, I used my pasture renovator without the shanks. Using 24d set my Russell back and I wouldn't recommend spraying. Cutting, raking and baling helped my field tremendously. Just lighten the tension up as much as possible on your rake. Seems like the bermuda is even over taking the crabgrass.
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Re: Management of young Bermuda.

Post by bird dog » Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:46 pm

Not sure either on the seeded plants but when I sprigged mine I used a reduced rate on the herbicide. It knocked the weeds back enough to allow the bermuda to out grow them. Milkweed may have to be spot sprayed. As far as the discing, I think I would put that off until next winter. Let the runners go to fill in the thin spots.

The KR is one of my big problems in my hay meadow as well as my other pastures. I hate the stuff.

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Re: Management of young Bermuda.

Post by Brute 23 » Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:08 pm

Fert, weed kill and cut hay for a couple years and it will fill in. I would not disk this soon.
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Re: Management of young Bermuda.

Post by 1982vett » Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:56 pm

Patience Grasshopper.... :D
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Re: Management of young Bermuda.

Post by snoopdog » Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:32 pm

Do not disc
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Re: Management of young Bermuda.

Post by Cross-7 » Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:34 pm

I sprigged some in March and hasn’t quit raining.
I have every grass and weed you can think of.
Idk what to do but the guy that put it in texted me this.
6-8oz of MCPA.
.15oz of ally per acre. Make sure MCPA not MSMA

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