Winter cereals are most commonly used as a cover crop in Vermont. Cereals such as barley, triticale, wheat, spelt and rye also have the potential to provide high yield and quality feed for livestock. These cool season annuals can provide early season grazing, as well as high quality stored feed. Winter grains are generally planted in mid-September and can be harvested at various stages of development. The objective of this project was to evaluate yield and quality of various winter grain species harvested in the vegetative, boot, milk, or soft dough stage. The overall goal of this project is to help livestock producers select winter grain species that best fit their forage needs. The data presented here is from one replicated research trial in Vermont. Crop performance data from additional tests in different locations, and often over several years, should be compared before you make conclusions.


Vermont, University of Vermont

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