Quick re-growth, early spring development and prolonged fall growth. High quality forage without low-quality stems and seed heads: will not head out in the seeding year unless a hard freeze sets in after seed has germinated. Behaves as an annual in the Upper Midwest. Recognized as excellent rotation crop for plowdown or emergency feed.
Best suited as a pasture crop seeded at full rate. When seeded at lower rate, can be used in hay mixtures and as a nurse crop for alfalfa seedings.
Best on heavier, moisture-holding soils. Keep off of droughty ground.
Begin grazing at 4″-6″ and stop when the grass is down to 2″-3″.
March-May, Aug. 1-15 (for late fall grazing).
30-35 lbs/acre alone or 3-4 lbs/acre as alfalfa cover crop.
Use instead of small grain as cover crop over new alfalfa seedings. Can produce up to half ton more of additional hay in seeding year than a small grain. Seeding heavier than recommended amount may smother alfalfa seeding. Seed early spring onto pasture that has been closely grazed the previous fall to improve yield and quality.
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