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Alicia is more fine stemmed than jiggs and blows down easy when it big. And that creates more of a dead bottom to me. Jiggs is Probly my favorite of the Bermuda grasses we have. The only thing I don't like about Jiggs is that it has problem with rust.
 

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I have no experience with Jiggs but a lot with Alicia. I like Alicia because of its finer stem and darker green color. It is susceptible to rust and will lose lower leaves when it lays down, but when cut regularly it is easier to dry and makes prettier looking hay than most other varieties. Now as far as nutritional content and digestibility it is lacking, but I do not have anyone buying that is interested in anything other than looks and smell.
 

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We have some of both, and although our Jiggs a new addition, so far I like both. They're just different. Our Alicia is finer stemmed and has longer leaves. Our Jiggs has a courser stem and shorter leaves, but many more leaf nodes than the Alicia. So far our test results show them to be nutritionally about the same, with a slight edge in favor of the Jiggs. So far, the Jiggs is producing more tonnage/ac than the Alicia. The limited feedback we've gotten from buyers is that their animals accept the Alicia more easily than the Jiggs, but we really don't have enough history yet to say that with any certainty. Our Alicia requires a bit more fertility at this point to produce and keep it healthy. We'll see what the Jiggs eventually takes after it's in production a while and mines the nutrients in the field we planted it in last year. Too soon to really say yet. My personal observations on harvesting both is that the Alicia cannot tolerate as much handling without losing leaf as the Jiggs. I've always had to be gentle with our Alicia due to the leaf to stem ratio. I round baled our Jiggs field about six weeks ago and was surprised at how little leaf shatter I saw compared to what I would expect if I round baled the Alicia. Then again, conditions may have had an effect too since the field was a bit on the damp side. Regarding fertility one more time, our experience has been that our Alicia does best with equal amounts of N & K. I know that goes against conventional advice and wisdom, but it's what works for us. Also, our Jiggs seems to respond better as far as growth and color, to N better than any of our grasses (Alicia, Common, and Jiggs). Hope some of this helps.
Steve
 

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Tifton 85 is also a great option.
Jiggs and tifton are not cheap to plant though. I assume you plan on sprigging?
I agree with Colby, but just a quick point on sprigging. T-85 pretty much has to be sprigged, where most stands of Jiggs, that I've seen, have been established with tops. Jiggs is much easier to establish.
 

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Larry I have not harvested enough to tell what russell will yield on our pourous sands but according to university studies it will out yield alicia with a similar look. I do not know wjat hermathia typically yields but I will be disappointed if it won't yield 6 tons a year.
 

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I didn't keep good records, (yea, I know. I need to, but at the time wasn't as serious about selling as I am now.) and not sure how many I fed to my own cattle. Trouble with baler not making full bale, etc. But I can account for a little over 4 tons last year. Think I will look closer at it.
 

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We planted Alicia back in the mid 70's. It was so easy a CaveMan could do it. We planted 20 acres of tops/runners. We never had to replant one spot.
I have no experience with Jiggs.
 
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