Forage Friday: Summer Annuals – May 29, 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: Summer Annuals

Forage Friday: Summer Annuals

Why use Summer Annuals?

  • Crop Rotation
  • Fills the summer lag of cool season perennials such as tall fescue
  • Rotation allows rest and protection for perennial grasses

Warm Season Annual Grasses include:

  • forage sorghum
  • sundangrass
  • sorghum-sudan
  • improved millet
  • teff grass
  • and improved crabgrass

Warm Season Legumes include:

  • cowpeas
  • forage soybean
  • lespedeza
  • and sunnhemp

Broadleaves and more:

  • buckwheat
  • sunflowers
  • brassicas
  • multi-species mixes

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
(828) 586-4009

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Kendra Norton, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKendra NortonExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock Call Kendra E-mail Kendra N.C. Cooperative Extension, Jackson County Center
Posted on May 29, 2020
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