Oklahoma State University has developed and released two new bermudagrass varieties called Northbridge and Latitude 36. The two new varieties are OSU's first vegetative turfgrass releases since Patriot bermudagrass in 2002.
Oklahoma State releases two new bermudagrasses
Oklahoma State University has developed and released two new bermudagrass varieties called Northbridgeand Latitude 36.The two new varieties are OSU’s first vegetative turfgrass releases since Patriot bermudagrass in 2002. Both grasses are sterile hybrids with exceptional cold tolerance and winter damage is seldom seen in either. Northbridge and Latitude 36 were selected for use in parks and sports applications from the southern United States to areas north of the transition zone.
“Latitude 36 and NorthBridge offer the finer blades of Tifway with a cold hardiness equivalent to Patriot,” said Dr. Dennis Martin, OSU professor and extension turf specialist. “Latitude 36 and NorthBridge offer rapid sod production cycles and excellent handling characteristics for the sod producer. For the golf course superintendent, sports field manager and homeowner, these two new grasses offer outstanding beauty and performance; combining excellent cold hardiness, early green-up, fine texture, excellent density, excellent wear tolerance and rapid recovery from traffic.”
Both grasses recently received high performance reviews in the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP) trials. Latitude 36 (OKC 1119) and Northbridge (OKC 1134) were among the best of 31 bermudagrass varieties tested in overall turf quality and wear tolerance. This is a significant assessment as both plan to be used heavily in the golf and sports industries.
While they share many common traits, there are some differences in the two varieties. Latitude 36 has blades that are finer textured while Northbridge is faster to establish.
Turfgrass research, development and marketing company, Sod Solutions, Inc., based in Charleston, South Carolina, will be the licensing and marketing agent for Northbridge and Latitude 36. The company plans to license an initial seven farms based on original seed stock from the university. More producers will be added in 2012.
“These grasses have a unique combination of traits; cold hardiness and a fine texture. That’s what makes these two so special,” said Tobey Wagner, president of Sod Solutions. “Oklahoma State University’s turfgrass program has an outstanding reputation in the industry and we are delighted to be working with them on this release.”
SodSolutions has teamed with other universities to release to market turfgrasses in the past. The release of Bella® Bluegrass was done in partnership with the University of Nebraska and the release of Captiva® St. Augustine was done in cooperation with the University of Florida. Northbridge and Latitude 36 should be commercially available in 2012.