Spring cereal grains such as oats, barley, triticale and wheat 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. Spring grains are generally planted in mid to late April and can be harvested at various stages of development. The objective of this project was to evaluate yield and quality of various spring grain species harvested in the vegetative, boot, milk, or soft dough stage. The overall goal of this project is to help organic dairy producers reduce their reliance on expensive concentrates through the production of a variety of high quality annual forages. 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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