Winter annuals don’t make sense for every operation, but there is a large percentage of us who should be utilizing them to reduce our hay feeding bill and to increase the quality of forage our animals are grazing during the winter.
Everyone knows crabgrass as a weed; few know it as a valuable summer annual forage. That view is changing with more and more producers planting and utilizing crabgrass as part of their forage-livestock production systems. There are differences between the weedy type and the cultivated type. Both are botanically in the genus Digitaria. The weed…
Watch a YouTube video about summer annuals and their importance on livestock farms.
At some point, there will be a lapse in the rain and we can all get in the fields and get to the farm work that has been stacking up. Of this long list, there are a few items that are critical for summer annual forage management.