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Selecting Winter Annuals for Emergency Fall and Winter Pasture

August 8, 2012

John Jennings, Extension Forages

Kenny Simon, Program Associate – Forages

Jason Kelley, Extension Wheat and Feed Grains

Paul Beck, Extension Forages – SWREC

The drought effects will be felt long after any normal rainfall arrives. Producers needing to provide quick grazing will soon be planting winter annual forages such as annual ryegrass, wheat, and cereal rye. Variety selection is important. Lowest price makes some varieties appealing, but often the cheapest varieties are not the best forage producers. In fact, some of the cheaper varieties don’t have sufficient cold tolerance for most of Arkansas conditions. A cheap variety becomes very expensive if it winterkills or produces very little forage growth.  In a year like this, it can pay to plant known varieties to ensure forage production.  Click here for full article

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