Fall/Winter Forage

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Re: Fall/Winter Forage

Postby jdg » Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:49 am

Ebenezer wrote:
tnwalkingred wrote:I have mostly fescue. I wonder if I should instead just fertilize the fields heavy and try to stockpile some fescue. Just seems like it won't provide much help after the fall even if I'm able to keep the cattle off of it.
Your best bet. If pH and fertility are good, frost seed (broadcast) white or red clovers in February.

Every forage base and region has different ideals and planting times for forages. We don't have fescue where I am, we have a Bahia/Bermuda mix. In my areas, we have sincere completion from the Bahia/Bermuda sometimes thru October. When overseeding my Tift-85 last year with alfalfa, I did spray 1 qt. of roundup after my last hay cutting in late September, to put it to"sleep", and it worked quite well. Usually I do fall tillage or no-till my summer annual plots starting in late September thru early November...and start over seeding my pastures in late October thru late November, pending our peanut harvest workload. I agree with Ebenezer for fescue....the cheapest way to winter cows is to fertilize and stockpile your fescue. It maintains its quality very well and you can get good animal performance on it.
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Re: Fall/Winter Forage

Postby Ebenezer » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:28 am

Two pounds +/- of ball clover in coastal, and ryegrass if you want it, will smother winter weeds,will slow the emergence of the coastal a bit but if allowed to mature will make seed and provide N for a lot of grazing even after the dry clover is totally consumed. Same for bahiagrass if you want to add crimson for one winter or a white clover for longer. Quality goes up, grazing goes longer, N is a cheap source from the air. And all of your eggs are not in one basket.
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Re: Fall/Winter Forage

Postby ddd75 » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:29 am

i never had much luck no tilling ryegrass into existing pasture.

i would plant something like ceral rye or triticale.

it should grow for you up into december.
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Re: Fall/Winter Forage

Postby Ebenezer » Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:13 pm

ddd75 wrote:i never had much luck no tilling ryegrass into existing pasture.

i would plant something like ceral rye or triticale.

it should grow for you up into december.

Won't do much in fescue. Works great on summer grasses. Plant rye and ryegrass and the research says that the grazing season is extended. Throw some clover seed in the small box and off you go.
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Re: Fall/Winter Forage

Postby Tbrake » Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:08 am

I drill soft wheat into my pastures every year. Mostly all fescue. I let these pastures get grazed down a little more and that seems to help with the competition. I also notill into standing cornstalks, and broadcast turnips.
I spray everthing for bugs regardless, 1-2 weeks after emergence. It is very cheap and we have the equipment to get over it very quickly. To many times I’ve had the bugs eat it off.
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