Warm season grasses are a high-yielding summer annual. They can provide quality forage in the hot summer months, when cool season grasses are not as productive. The addition of this crop into your rotation can allow you to harvest high-quality forage for stored feed or pasture. As with any crop though, summer annuals have their advantages and disadvantages. Some advantages include, fast germination/emergence, rapid growth, high productivity and flexibility in utilization. Some disadvantages include high cost of annual establishment and increased risk of stand failure when presented with variable weather patterns. In 2012, UVM Extension conducted a summer annual variety trial to evaluate the yield and quality of several types and varieties of warm season grasses.
Vermont, University of Vermont
Darby, Heather; Burke, Conner; Cummings, Erica; Harwood, Hannah; Madden, Rosalie; and Monahan, Susan, "Summer Annual Variety Trial" (2012). Northwest Crops & Soils Program. 270.