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post #1 of 9 Old 01-23-2012, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Bermuda vs. Coastal Bermuda?

Hi all,

In Arizona we have to main kinds of hay. Alfalfa and bermuda.

On the forum here I hear "coastal bermuda" mentioned a lot.

I am just wondering, is that the same thing? Is there bermuda and coastal bermuda, or is all bermuda "coastal bermuda?"
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-23-2012, 08:14 PM
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I don't know, but I doubt coastal bermuda is the same as your bermuda grass. I say this because I have six acres of coastal bermuda growing outside my window, here in the swamps of South Carolina where our climate is far different than yours must be in Arizona.
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That very well could be. But I'm sure they irrigate it too when they grow it for hay. Nothing grows here without water, lol!
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You Americans don't have a department of agriculture at your disposal to point out all the hay grown?
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Probably. I just never thought to look.
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post #6 of 9 Old 01-24-2012, 07:42 AM
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Bermunda is Bermuda, but there are several basic variety as well as lots of comercial hybrids. Basically Bermuda is a drought, heat and salt resistant species. That grows in sandy soild. Sorta like you have at the coast. While I am sure Coastal Bermuda is used as slang for any bermuda grass growing in the southeast, Actually it is a specific hybrid :
Coastal bermudagrass released in 1943, is a hybrid between an introduction from South Africa and a unique bermudagrass found in a South Georgia cotton patch. In numerous tests, it has yielded about twice as much as common bermudagrass. In 1954, with half average rainfall, Coastal stayed green throughout the summer, produced half as much as in a good year and yet yielded six times more than common bermudagrass. It was named "Coastal" for the Experiment Station where it was bred. It has been planted on some 10 million acres across the South.

There are many other hybrids that may or may not be the same that is used around you. Interestingly I have some spreading patches of bermuda in my yard and pasture as a result of mixed lawn grass seed I bought. Looks really pretty in the summer but I am trying to kill it all this spring. As it browns right away in the fall and the horse almost never eats it. The rest of the field is a mix of winter rye grass and K31.
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-26-2012, 02:31 PM
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Yep, Costal Bermuda is just a variety of Bermudagrass.
Some of the more common varieties are Costal, Vaghn's, World Feeder, Tiffton 44, etc.
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And Coastal Bermuda is more common in southern CA area.

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post #9 of 9 Old 01-28-2012, 08:41 PM
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Just to add whats already stated. All of the different varieties are refined to have different growth tollerances to excell in different climates, and maximize production. Most were/are developed at ABAC in Tiffton, GA. Common bermuda is actually a turf grass, most of the hybrids are developed for forage production. My horses turn their noses up to it in the field along with bahia it's mixed with. Thay will walk around the edges hunting patches of fescue and crabgrass.
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