Certified TifQuik Bahia Grass Seed

Certified TifQuik Bahia Grass Seed

Certified TifQuik Bahia Grass Seed


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TifQuik Bahia Grass Seed Information

  • Planting Time: Early to Mid-Spring
  • Type: Permanent
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Applications: Pastures, Grazing, Forage, Hay
  • Germination Period: 7-14 days
  • Climate: Southeastern United States
  • Seed Rate –20 -40 lbs. per acre
  • Seed Depth – ¼ inch – 3/8 inch


TifQuik Bahia is a new seed released by the U.S. Department and Agriculture and the University of Georgia. Designed to help forage growers lengthen their production season, TifQuik Bahia features reduced hard seed and faster germination and establishment. And, since the pasture will be covered sooner, grazing and/or hay removal occur sooner - with higher initial yields. In additional to early grazing, hay harvests may occur many times during the growing season.

Special Benefits

Growers desiring to include Bahia grass in a sod-based rotation system with row crops such as peanut and cotton are particularly fond of this seed. U.S. Bahia grass has been shown to reduce nematode and disease problems in subsequent crops, and it gives many forage growers another way to make their operations more efficient and profitable.

Development of a “New” Seed

TifQuik Bahia was developed with existing Bahia grass cultivars in mind. They are continually challenged with having a considerable amount of hard seed which requires two to three weeks to establish a full stand, thus allowing weeds to infest the pasture and restricting moisture for forage seed germination.


Therefore, quick germination was key in developing TifQuik. It took researchers four years to achieve the desired qualities. During each test cycle, enough seed was planted from the previous one to obtain 1,000 seedlings that germinated within the first week. Seedlings were transplanted to clay pots in the greenhouse and then to a fumigated field to establish a nursery. The four cycles were completed in 2002, and the seed from 2002 was used to establish greenhouse germination tests and a replicated field test.


Field studies indicated quick growing TifQuik grass seed emerged about 75% faster after one week than Tifton 9 and Pensacola, another commonly used forage Bahia grass. After four weeks, TifQuik plants were taller than both Tifton 9 and Pensacola. Dry-matter yields of TifQuik were two times higher than Tifton 9 and four times higher than Pensacola for the first clipping, which was done two months after planting.


(The above is based on information presented at http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2008/080401.htm)

Care and Maintenance

  • Planting Conditions: Good Seed Bed
  • pH: 5.5-6.5
  • Recommended Fertilizer: OK to soil test
  • Watering Requirements: Keep moist during first two weeks
  • Grazing: Yes, rotational grazing is recommended.

Planting Instructions

  • Pastures – 25-30 lbs. per acre. Recommended to drill from ¼” to ½”.