If you’re looking for ways to increase your dairy farm’s productivity and decrease ration costs, the easiest way to accomplish this is to plant annuals with high amounts of digestible fiber. Annuals can yield more than perennials and can help crop rations be more aggressive. Cool-season annuals like forage oats, annual ryegrass and brassicas will grow well into the fall and help shorten the winter. By planting warm- and cool-season annuals in sequence, you’ll maximize every day you have.
Instead of summer-seeding a new alfalfa crop, consider an annual cocktail mix. Yield Max is a combination of BMR sorghum-sudan, Italian ryegrass, two clovers and late hairy vetch. The pairing of ware- and cool-season annuals lowers the risk that could come with a cool/wet or hot/dry summer. And there’s another bang for the buck: The ryegrass and clover stretch the growing season into the fall and act as a cover crop for the winter.
- BMR Sorghum-sudan 60%,
- Italian Ryegrass 25%
- Medium Red Clover 5%
- Berseem Clover 5%
- Hairy Vetch 5%
- annual cocktail mix that is summer seeded
- pairs warm- and cool-season annuals to maximize every day of summer and fall
Yield Max works great for very high-quality baleage, haylage or grazing and, in most areas, should be able to be harvested three times. Plant Yield Max in soils that are 60 F degrees: and it does best in areas north of I-80.
Tags: Cover Crop, Summer Annuals, Yield Max