Alternative Annual Forages
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Beef cattle producers may look to short-term or annual forages to stretch forage productivity, or to extend the grazing season. Nearly all of the short-term choices are fast-growing annual crops. Traditionally, warm-season annuals such as sorghums and millets are planted for summer forage and can typically be grazed when cool-season pasture species are dormant. Increasingly, cereal grains and forage brassicas are being planted for more fall, winter, or spring forage, allowing pasture acres to recover before the winter or increase in spring growth prior to grass turnout.
Barnhart, Steve, "Alternative Annual Forages" (2019). Extension and Outreach Publications. 759.
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