In 2010, the University of Vermont Extension continued their research to evaluate warm season annual forage systems. Warm season annual forages include grasses such as sorghum, sudangrass, sorghumsudangrass, Japanese millet, and pearl millet varieties. These grasses prefer the warmth of the summer months and generally thrive between June and August. Warm season annuals can be grazed or harvested for stored forage. Since warm season annuals thrive in hot weather they could supplement pasture during the summer slump. The summer slump is a period during the summer that cool season perennial grasses slow in growth and quality. The goal of this project was to evaluate the yield and quality of commercially available varieties of warm season annuals. In addition, we were interested in investigating the value of combining brassica forage with warm season annuals. The goal was to maximize forage yield and quality.


Vermont, University of Vermont

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