Effect of Height of Cut on Yield of Pensacola Bahiagrass1
- E. R. Beaty,
- Robert L. Stanley and
- John Powell2
A clipping study on Pensacola bahiagrass (Paspalumnotatum var. ‘saurae Parodi’) over a 2-year period, 1965 and 1966, showed that approximately 40% of the forage produced was within 2.54 cm of the soil surface. An additional 16 to 18% of the forage was produced between 2.54 and 5.08 cm from the surface. Only 9 to 16% of the forage was produced above 12.7 cm. N application tended to increase slightly the amount of forage produced above 12.7 cm and decrease the percent produced below 5.08 cm.
Conventional clipping at a height at 6.25 cm recovered 22 to 44% of the forage on the area and appears to be an unsatisfactory method for evaluating bahiagrass forage production. Clipping removed a lower percent of the forage present at the June and October harvests than at the July, August, or September clippings.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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