Trent Cash

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L.G. Brown-Ferguson, W.T. Willian, D.E. Stiles


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Degree Program

Department of Agriculture

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Master of Science


Research on the overall usage of Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) is limited in south central Kentucky. Due to humid summers, mild winter and an approximate 200 day long growing season in Kentucky, quality as well as haying practices may differ from that reported in research from other environments. The objective of this study was to evaluate possibilities of five consumer available varieties (Hardie, Quickstand, Tifton 44, Russell and Midland) and 4 experimentals (16X66, 19X16, 74X21-6, 74X12-6). The experiment was conducted on a Pembroke silt loam (fine-silty, mixed, mesic mollic Paluedalfs) in Bowling Green, Kentucky, as well as on a Princeton clay loam (medium, mixed mesic mollic Paluedalfs) in Princeton, Kentucky. Two harvests were obtained from the field studies at both locations. The nutritive content was crude protein (CP), acid detergent fiber (ADF), neutral detergent fiber (NDF) and relative feed value (RFV) were determined by analysis with the Near-Infrared Reflectance Spectrophotometer (NIRS). During second season green up, stand counts determined winter hardiness of these perennials. These varieties exhibited numerical variations in yield, quality and persistence. Maintaining the highest overall production and acceptable quality, Quickstand along with Tifton 44 are noteworthy contenders for warm-season perennial grass in the locations tested.


Agriculture | Agronomy and Crop Sciences | Life Sciences | Plant Sciences