Forage Friday: Crabgrass – May 15, 2020

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Join our Livestock Agent, Kendra Fortner, on Fridays for Forage Friday. We will be covering quick tips on forage options in the mountains of North Carolina.”

This week’s featured forage: Crabgrass

Forage Friday Crabgrass

Traditionally, Crabgrass is know as a weed. This view is changing with more producers utilizing the cultivated type Crabgrass as part of their forage system.

It’s nutritive value is far superior to other warm-season annual options. It has a high crude protein, high digestibility, and low neutral detergent fiber contents.

  • Seeding rates range from 4 to 6 pounds of pure live seed per acre
  • Best time to plan in the mountains: March through May
  • Planting Guide for Forage Crops in North Carolina: provides the best available information about planting rates, depths and stand evaluation for forage crops commonly grown in North Carolina.

For more information, contact:
Kendra Fortner
Jackson and Swain County Livestock Agent
Kendra_Norton@ncsu.edu
(828) 586-4009