- Thin Hay Stands? If the stand is older and you want to keep it, you can drill in 5-10# of a good Red Clover. If only keeping stand for a year, you can drill in some Italian Ryegrass, Berseem Clover or BMRSorgXSudan or BMR Sudan. The Sudans work best in thin stands without a lot of grass in them.
- If harvesting corn for silage, consider further reducing your risk by planting some of the quality BMR Forage Sorghums from Alta Seeds. While needing a little less nitrogen then corn, Forage Sorghum will do well on 1/3 less water. It also tolerates the dry periods much better.
- A good late maturing grass is beneficial in your hay stands. It will boost tonnage, and when harvested correctly provides highly digestible forage that is good for your cows rumen. It will make your dry hay softer and more palatable. Choose only the best, latest maturing varieties.
- Consider using winter grains taken as forage (early spring) in part of your rotation so as to take advantage of winter moisture.
- Masters Choice corn has consistently placed at the top of the World Forage Superbowl. This year was no exception.
Thank you for you business last growing season, and I wish you well this growing season.
- Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service
- Organic Valley Co-op Website
- MOSA Website
- National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
- National Organic Program Home Page
- Organic Farming Research Foundation
- UW Wisconsin Forage Resources
- UW Wisconsin Forage Research and Extension