Content tagged with summer annuals
Taking control of our sacrifice areas and other damaged pastures.
This is probably the hardest time of year for all of us. The rain is relentless, the mud is wreaking havoc, and the 10 day forecast doesn’t lend much hope. So what can we do about it? Right now, nothing. At least not until livestock are removed from the areas. If you are on your second or third sacrifice area, then there are a few things you can…
Summer Annual Success
Watch a YouTube video about summer annuals and their importance on livestock farms.
When the Rain Stops…
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.
The Summer Annual Manual
Summer annuals have unique benefits, like filling a small space in the rotation with multiple cuttings of big yields. They also bring some unique challenges and considerations. Here’s what you need to know.
Small Quick Tips to Prevent Big Trips
80% of your success depends on the actions you take the day you plant. Set yourself up for success and read through these brief planting tips before getting that summer annual in the ground!
Red River Crabgrass as a Forage
If you have ever been in the row crop or bermudagrass hay business, the name “crabgrass” makes you cringe. This prolific summer annual grass has been rampant across the Southeast for years, showing itself in corn and soybean fields and filling in between fescue and bermudagrass plants in pastures. Its capacity to reseed, “crawl”, survive through…
Crabgrass: A Short Step from Weed to Valuable Forage!
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…