This project aims to evaluate warm-season pasture systems for productivity and nutritional quality and to understand root-rhizome and microbial outcomes of pasture composition. Bahiagrass pastures is important for Florida’s beef cattle industry. It produces abundant, low-quality forage but is limited by seasonal dormancy and low soil fertility. Integrating legumes and over-seeding cool-season annual forages into bahiagrass pastures supplies N through biological N2-fixation while cool-season annuals extend the grazing season. Rhizoma peanut is a warm-season legume that provides benefits to bahiagrass pastures. Similarly, cool-season grasses like rye, oat, and ryegrass, and legumes like red and crimson clover, can be sown into bahiagrass pastures to provide forage during the winter season.
Opportunities to engage in this work involve collecting field data at the Beef Research Unit near Gainesville and laboratory wok to process and analyze field data. Field activities include weekly soil moisture data, monthly forage biomass harvest and species identification, soil sampling and root and rhizome biomass quantification each trimester.