|DUBEUX, JOSE - University Of Florida|
|GARCIA, LIZA - University Of Florida|
|QUEIROZ, LUANA - University Of Florida|
|SANTOS, ERICK - University Of Florida|
|BRETAS, IGOR - University Of Florida|
|BERNARDINI, MARLIA - University Of Florida|
|PORTUGUEZ, JAVIER - University Of Florida|
|RUIZ-MORENO, MARTIN - University Of Florida|
|PEREIRA NETO, JOSE - University Of Florida|
|TRUMPP, KEVIN - University Of Florida|
Submitted to: Extension Publications
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/17/2023
Publication Date: 8/17/2023
Citation: Dubeux, J., Garcia, L., Jaramillo, D.M., Queiroz, L., Santos, E., Bretas, I., Bernardini, M., Portuguez, J., Ruiz-Moreno, M., Pereira Neto, J., Trumpp, K. 2023. Strip-planting rhizoma perennial peanut into bahia pastures - how well did it work long-term?. Extension Publications. Extension Panhandle Ag e-News.
Technical Abstract: Rhizoma perennial peanut (RP) is a warm-season perennial legume that is well adapted to Florida’s environmental conditions. This legume species is also grazing tolerant. Rhizoma peanut has great nutritive value, with 15-18% crude protein concentration and 65-70% digestibility. Establishing rhizoma peanut takes time and greater expense than seeded forages. One approach to reduce the cost is to strip-plant rhizoma peanut into existing bahiagrass pastures. The strips can cover 50% of the area, therefore, establishment costs are greatly reduced. During the establishment period (1-2 yrs.), cattle should not be allowed to graze the pasture since they select rhizoma peanut over bahiagrass and would likely overgraze the rhizoma peanut strips. Once established, the rhizoma peanut will spread laterally and mix with the bahiagrass, creating a binary mixture. There are cost-share options available to further reduce establishment costs. Integrating rhizoma peanut into bahiagrass pastures increases animal performance by 70-80% during the summer, meeting the targets of developing beef heifers. Savings on nitrogen (N) fertilizer and reduction of nitrate leaching is another important aspect of this mixture that must also be considered.