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Arkansas’ hay and forage producers will have to wait until the mud dries to perform
some key actions to get their warm-season grasses going.
May 18, 2021
By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of Agriculture
(Newsrooms — with art https://flic.kr/s/aHsmVFZ3BY and with 05-18-2021-Ark-Rain-Livestock; and 05-18-2021-Ark-Short-Season-Cotton and
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ hay and forage producers will have to wait until the mud dries
to perform some key actions to get their warm-season grasses going.
“We recommend waiting to fertilize bermuda and other warm season grasses until the
night temps are 60-plus degrees Fahrenheit for a week,” said John Jennings, professor
and extension forage specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of
Agriculture. “That is finally happening this week, but rain will keep farmers out
of the fields. So as soon as fields conditions allow, fertilizer should be applied
to those forages.”
Jennings said growers should try to get their fescue and ryegrass out of the field
“as soon as conditions allow to prevent quality losses from advancing maturity and,
in mixed fields, to allow any underlying bermuda to receive sunshine to begin active
“Prolonged delays of harvesting ryegrass can drastically stunt and delay bermuda growth
well into summer due to excessive shading,” he said.
May is also a time for producers to get bermuda or crabgrass in the ground for summer
“Fields should be prepped by getting the sod under control and to make certain there
is no existing common bermudagrass,” he said. “Any existing bermuda will overtake
any new bermuda variety that is planted which will make the upgrade to a better variety
Download the fact sheets “Crabgrass for Forage,” https://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-3138.pdf and “Establishing Bermudagrass for Forage,” https://www.uaex.uada.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-19.pdf
To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension
Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. To learn more about the Division of Agriculture, visit https://uada.edu/
Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk, @uaex_edu or @ArkAgResearch.
About the Division of AgricultureThe University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact:Mary Hightowermhightower@uada.edu 501-671-2006