Developed by Dr. Lincoln Taylor at Virginia Tech, Mohawk is one of the most cold tolerant bermuda varieties available. It is high yielding and can be used for both grazing and hay production. When compared to other popular seeded bermudas, Mohawk is a proven top performer. With superior cold tolerance, it is well adapted from the southern areas of California, Oklahoma and Missouri, east to Virginia.
Type: Warm season perennial
Adaptation: Across the southern 1/3 of the U.S. from California to Virginia. Mohawk is well-suited to sandy soils but will thrive in most well-drained loam soils.
Uses: Mohawk can be used for both grazing and hay production throughout the spring and summer months under good management practices.
Planting: Rate: 15 lbs./acre
Date: Late spring through early summer when soil temperatures at a 4" depth are 65°F or above. Plow and cultipack to develop a firm seedbed. Proper firmness is indicated by a heel print no more than 1/8" deep in the soil.
Depth: 1/8" depth maximum.
Fertilizer: Apply lime, phosphorus and potassium ferilizer according to soil test recommendations. Apply 20-30 lbs/A of nitrogen at planting time. When the new plants begin to develop runners, apply an additional 50-60 lbs/A of nitrogen.
Management: Delay grazing newly established bermuda until forage is 8" to 10" tall. On established bermuda stands, apply 50 - 75 lbs/A of nitrogen for each cutting of hay. If grazed, apply up to 150lbs. of nitrogen per year in split applications throughout the summer. The last nitrogen application each year should be made a minimum of 6-8 weeks prior to the expected date of a killing frost to help prevent cold injury. Do not graze or clip for hay shorter than 2". Rotate animals more often during periods of drought stress.
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