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Forage Barley is a cool season spring or winter annual crop that emerges early, and has fast competitive growth, along with good yield and quality potential. With relatively low water usage, barley has been utilized as the cereal of choice for a quick emergence hay crop in times of drought. It also has the highest salinity and pH tolerance of all the cereals.
Siberian Foxtail Millet is the most commonly grown hay millet in the upper Midwest. Siberian is an early maturing hay millet, ready for harvesting 55 to 65 days after planting. Siberian is extremely hardy and drought tolerant, making excellent quality hay. It is not recommended for horses, after heading.
This high quality, high-yielding blend contains 60 percent peas and 40 percent oats, blended specifically for forage production in the upper Midwest. This excellent forage producer delivers high protein, and palatable forage for livestock. For best results, plant early and harvest when the oats reach boot stage, approximately 65 to 80 days after planting.
A longer season type than Siberian, it’s ready to harvest 65 to 70 days after planting. German Millet is taller with a coarser stem than Siberian. German Millet can produce more forage than Siberian, and because of its increased stem size, takes better management than other foxtail millets. It is not recommended for horses, after heading.
Grain Sorghum is a grass similar to corn in vegetative appearance, but sorghum has more tillers and more finely branched roots than corn, growing two to four feet. The grain is highly palatable to livestock. Sorghum is more tolerant of wet soils and flooding than most of the grain crops — an interesting phenomenon in relation to its drought tolerance.
Due to its rapid establishment, quick regrowth and prolonged growth into fall, Italian Ryegrass is an excellent forage. It does not go to seed the establishment year, producing better quality forage than many other annual forage crops. It works well as a cover crop
Popular for annual hay and late summer pasture. This annual forage is low in prussic acid content and has good drought and disease tolerance. Piper is a Wisconsin release that has good regrowth after pasturing and is the leading sudangrass hybrid.
A high-yielding Pearl Millet Hybrid recommended for greenchop, grazing or hay. Our Hybrid Pearl Millet has a massive root system, which enables it to stand up to heat and drought, particularly on light soils. It shows good tolerance to leaf and stem diseases, and produces well on low pH soils with low fertility. Hybrid Pearl Millet has no prussic acid, and is recommended for both horses and cattle.
BMR Sweetie offers a “cane type” forage with sweet stalks and nutritious leaves that livestock relish. This prolific growing sorghum-sudangrass with lush, green, broad leaves and sugar-sweet stalks has become a favorite sweet forage. It ranks high as silage, and makes excellent hay if cut early before stalks get too heavy. BMR Sweetie provides prolonged pasturing often into late fall.
Triticale is a grain species which is developed by crossing rye and wheat. Originally a grain crop, triticale is gaining immense popularity as a cereal forage in the West. In general, for maximum forage yield and feed quality, growers are encouraged to harvest cereal forages prior to seed-fill stage. Allowing for an early harvest, this crop would fit into a double cropping system.
The Brown Midrib gene reduces the lignin content in this hybrid, for increased fiber digestion in livestock. With the nearly 20 percent increased feed value, increased palatability and increased tonnage and leafiness, this is the choice of cattlemen. For maximum production with multiple cuttings, take the first cut when the plants are approximately 36 inches in height.
Picker silage corn is a dual-purpose blend of three-way and single-cross hybrids. It was developed specifically as either a silage corn or grain corn. The extended pollination period of these blended varieties gives very good grain yields, even in dry conditions. It has an excellent grain to forage ratio with tall, leafy plants, which makes this the ideal choice for silage.
A fast growing, highly palatable hybrid. It is widely adaptable and dependable to produce good quality forage in varying conditions. Sweething is well-suited for greenchop or haylage, and an excellent cover crop. Sweething produces a sweet, leafy, fine stemmed plant for high value feed. For maximum production with multiple cuttings, take the first cut when the plants are approximately 36 inches in height.
Spring Triticale is a cross between rye grain and spring wheat. Taller and much leafier than wheat or oats, Spring Triticale has higher protein and feed value.