● Excellent drought tolerance.
● Provides excellent quality forage and or hay for all classes of livestock
● Improved Cold Tolerance and Persistence.
● Improved forage quality over other seeded varieties or blends
● Seed Provided Raw/Uncoated
Life Cycle: Perennial
Introduced/ Native: Introduced
Growth Habit: -Sod Forming
Plant Height: 12-18 inches
Maverick Brand Forage Bermudagrass is "not" a blend of common or giant bermudagrass, "nor" is it a turf type bermuda sold as a dual purpose turf/forage variety.
Maverick is truly a high yielding fast growing forage/hay type bermudagrass. Maverick with its fast growth, fine stem and high leaf to stem ratio will produce yields comparable or greater than coastal bermudagrass which makes it a favorite for cattleman and horseman.
Maverick is powered by the fast growing, high yielding CD 90160 Bermudagrass. University trials through out the South have confirmed that CD 90160 not only out yields its competition but also has shown to have 20% higher protein and 14% higher TDN values compared to Coastal, Cheyenne and many other bermudagrass varieties. In addition to high yield, improved forage quality and fast growth , Maverick demonstrates improved cold tolerance which provides better persistance and stand longevity, over the standard common, giant bermudagrass blends.
As an added advantage to the producer, Maverick Bermudagrass is provided uncoated/raw.. For the producer there are no fillers or inert matter, lower planting cost/acre, and overall you get what you pay for.
As the name applies, Maverick Forage Bermudagrass is truly an unconventional, stand alone product, not conforming to industry standards. We are truly in a class of our own.
Seed coatings have been utilized for many year’s and have shown great advantages especially with legumes such as alfalfa and clovers. By coating legume seed, the seed can be pre-inoculated prior to planting which ensures proper inoculation thus creating healthier more robust plants.
In more recent years many companies have begun coating and treating bermudagrass and other grass seed. Some companies use coating with nutrient fertilizer or fungicides, other claim that their coatings enhance water retention thus enhances germination and establishment.
There is so much debate in the research/professional community concerning the benefits of coated grass seed. Some studies which are sponsored by the seed coaters/seed companies show potential benefits for the coatings, however Independent research has shown that there is little to no significant difference in germination or establishment of bermudagrass using coated seed. Their results confirmed that moisture, environmental conditions and planting procedures have more impact on stand establishment rather than the seed coatings themselves.
So the question is often asked who truly benefits from coated seed. The supplier or the consumer? There is truth that coating bermudagrass seed does add bulk to the seed which improved handling characteristics during planting. It is also a fact that coated seed is also easier to see on the ground during planting which makes it easier to calibrate the spreader/applicator. The down fall to coated seed is that the planting rate must be adjusted possibly doubled to ensure proper seeding rates and plant populations. Some companies who market coated seed claim that it is not necessary to adjust planting rates, however most universities as well as the majority of seed suppliers recommend adjusting seeding rate to offset, the added inert mater.
Below is the general economic breakdown comparing coated and raw seed. For comparison puposes planting rates are set for both raw and coated seed at a rate of 8 pls/acre, and cost are converted from price per pound to cost per pls (pure live seed). The prices provided are avererage prices and may vary between retailer or farm store were seed is purchased.
It must also be noted that many proprietary varieties are not available or sold as raw seed. This is true for many of the turf type bermudagrass as well as varieties which are poor seed producers.
Average Cost/Pound: $10.00 /lbs
Pure Seed: 98.00%
Inert Matter: 2.00%
Pure Live Seed(pls): 83.30%
Bulk lbs/pls: 1.20 lb
Cost / pls lb: $12.00/pls lb
Planting Rate: 8 pls lb
Cost per Acre $96.00/acre
Average Cost/Pound: $8.50 /lbs
Pure Seed: 48.00%
Inert Matter: 52.00%
Pure Live Seed(pls): 40.80%
Bulk lbs/pls: 2.45 lb
Cost / pls lb: $20.83/pls lb
Planting Rate: 8 pls lb
Cost per Acre $166.60/acre