Mulato II Grass Seed is a vigorous-growing, warm season pasture or forage grass adapted to the tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Mulato II is especially attractive for beef and milk production operations. Mulato makes excellent haylege or dry hay as well. Mulato should be planted in well-drained soil areas that receive little frost for best results.
Plant architecture is characterized by 9 to 10 leaves per stem, arranged horizontally to form a dense, leafy plant coverage. All these factors increase forage consumption as well as the efficiency of pasture use. Its intense green, cylindrical stems, measuring from 21.7 to 31.5 in. long, are also densely pubescent. Plant height ranges from 35.4 to 39.4 in. Its intense green, linear-lanceolate leaves have abundant pubescence. In addition, Mulato II has very deep, branched roots, which gives it excellent resistance to drought.
Mulato II has high dry matter production, good forage quality, toleranace to spittlebug and it is a tall vigorous grass for cutting. This grass is also highly palatable to grazing ruminants.
Mulato II has excellent nutritional characteristics in terms of crude protein (CP) content and digestibility. Although both parameters vary depending on the age of the grass and the time of the year, in general this grass yields between 14 to 21% CP and its in vitro digestibility in regrowths of 25 to 35 days is between 55 to 66%.
Cv. Mulato has partial resistance to spittlebugs. In the ongoing breeding program at CIAT, a group of hybrids has been identified with high levels of antibiosis resistance to spittlebugs Aeneolamia varia, A. reducta, and Zulia carbonaria, whilst another group of hybrids showed field resistance to Z. pubescens and Mahanarva trifissa.
There are currently two Brachiaria spp. hybrids developed as forages and further combinations of species may be developed as hybrids in the future.
Mulato II can be easily established by planting seed. Its seedlings present high growth vigor, so it is possible to obtain an established pasture with more than 80% coverage between 60 and 90 days after planting. We recommend a rate of 20-30 lbs. per acre for good establishment during the spring and summer months. Please remember that seed should not be planted at more than 3/4 of an in. in depth to avoid problems of low seedling emergence.
Because of its superior forage quality and excellent forage production, Mulato II is suitable for intensive rotational management. The recovery capacity of this grass is high, requiring rest periods of 21 to 28 days in the rainy season. This grass requires medium-to-low soil fertility to maximize its biomass production. Therefore it is recommended to do annual maintenance fertilization with nitrogen and phosphorus, depending on the results of a soil analyses.
Mulato II responds well to additional nitrogen fertilizer.