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Summer-annual grasses provide excellent forage during the summer. Small grains can be mechanically harvested as silage or hay and can ease fall or spring. pastures during drought can further weaken plants. Grazing during times of low moisture, the effects of drought will Lack of adequate forage during drought. Semi-dormant alfalfa varieties have been heavily promoted and widely adopted, as part of an effort to maximize forage production during the upper Midwest’s.

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Brassica crops such as rape, kale, and turnips make good late-summer and fall pasture, but require advanced planning in order to have a sufficient growing season. The packaged feed will be of similar quality to the residues in the field, but the baling process is hard on equipment because of an excessive amount of soil contamination.

To reduce the selective grazing of livestock consuming leaves and not stems, the soybeans are best utilized as silage instead of as hay. The ability of these plants to fforage atmospheric nitrogen makes them an inexpensive protein source.

This will limit damage from overgrazing to specific areas instead of your entire pasture. Do not hesitate to lower the population early rather than too late. Heavy or late-spring grazing can greatly reduce grain yields. Pearl Millet is another annual grass that could be grown for supplemental forage. Feed value will be similar to good red-clover hay.

Forage Use and Grazing Herd Management during a Drought | UGA Cooperative Extension

Maintaining proper herd size, renovating pastures with a legume, fertilizing according to soil test, and utilizing a rotational grazing system can aid in reducing summer-forage shortages. These forages have the potential to provide hay and grazing during the summer, when cool-season grasses are less productive due to drought and heat.


Small-grain forages will be similar to orchardgrass and low-endophyte tall fescue in feed value. Sandy fields in southwestern Indiana, however, are commonly grazed. Little to no forage is produced outside of these dates.

These grasses can provide grazing and hay during forqge two or three month period during the summer. The stage of harvest is critical in determining feeding value. Use in Indiana is more common in, but not limited to, the southern sections of the state.

The sorghum family is very large and includes several weeds such as shattercane and Johnsongrass.

Forage Use and Grazing Herd Management during a Drought

By paying attention to the “percent-purity” figure on the seed tag and purchasing quality seed from a reputable dealer, many of these problems can be eliminated. Extension Changes Georgia University of Georgia Cooperative Extension programming improves people’s lives and gets results.

Examine your herd records to determine which animals would be most likely to yield a long-term return on the money invested in hay and supplement.

Remove livestock from small-grain pastures to be harvested for grain when “jointing” of the crop is first observed. UT Beef and Forage Center. During this period, cool-season grasses produce very little growth and shortages can quickly occur if moisture is inadequate. When emergency or supplemental forage crops are needed, the economics of production should be considered.

Kramer and Keith D. Having both makes legumes a component of the pasture that we should focus on constantly.

Using Sweet Bran instead of forage during grain adaptation in finishing feedlot cattle.

This creates a difficult situation. If the soil is dry, ammonium nitrate is the preferred topdress material. There may not be anything more difficult to deal with than a weak stand of grass. The availability of machinery and forage handling equipment will also play an important role in determining the economics of producing emergency and supplemental forage.


The steps listed in this publication should help establish and maintain the legumes in our fields. In order to make this decision, it is essential to know the ways that forages are classified. Associated with the increased yield was reduced forage quality. They are more idrig to contain toxic levels of prussic acid than are other summer-annual grasses.

With the exception of pearl millet, the summer-annual grasses dirih mentioned are members of the sorghum family. It is a fine-stemmed, fine-leaved grass with a relatively shallow root system that grows inches tall.

Animal health foragw are not as prevalent with the small grains as they are in the summer-annual grasses.

Pay close attention to the long-range weather forecasts and the current market. As a general rule, a firm, fairly smooth, shallow seedbed is desired. Adjusting Mowing Equipment for Increased Stubble Heights When Harvesting Native Grasses Special attention should be paid to the cutting height when harvesting switchgrass or other native warm-season grasses for forage or biomass.

Teff Grass Teff grass Eragrostis tef is a warm-season annual grass that is native to Africa. Rye is of poorer quality than the other small grains and can become unpalatable if allowed to mature past the boot stage.