Adding a summer annual forage to available acreage can help fill forage needs, add grazing flexibility, and provide a drought tolerant forage.
Warm-season forages will be the best hay production option for planting this late in the growing season.
Warmer than normal temperatures dominated the Midwest last week, and despite some thunderstorm in the High Plains, drought conditions have intensified. Cattlemen are culling herds and dipping into hay supplies.
Summer annual grasses should be temporary solutions to forage needs
Feed and forage represents your largest annual production costs, and they provide the greatest opportunity for you to make significant changes in a short period of time.
Adding different forages to existing grass stands can help reduce the amount of hay needed during the winter by expanding the grazing season during the late fall, winter and early spring.
Plan ahead and be ready to use annuals and stockpiled forages.