ANNUAL FORAGE

SUMMER FORAGE

LAREDO HAYBEANS

A late maturing soybean variety used for hay. Plant height is tall and very bushy. This creates very good tonnage that is very high in protein and very rich. Sometimes planted with german millet for added roughage. Millet will mature before the soybean. Ideal cutting is when the pods begin setting. Drill 40-50 lbs. per acre straight or drill 40 lbs with 15-20 lbs. german millet. Planting time May through July.

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GERMAN FOXTAIL MILLET

Excellent for hay, this summer annual is extremely drought tolerant and can be planted later in the season with expected good yields. Quick growth reduces weed competition. On a given year German Millet can be harvested in 60 days. It is a one time cutting that should be harvested when grain is in the milk stage.  Often planted with laredo haybeans as a roughage. However, at harvest, the millet is usually overripe. • Plant May-July, 20-30 lbs. drilled, 30-40 lbs. broadcast. Responds to nitrogen fertilization.  Not recommended for horses.

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COWPRO FORAGE SOYBEANS

A soybean bred for forage production. Tall and leafy variety that is ten days to two weeks earlier than Laredo. This forage variety is drought tolerant and productive even in poor soils. May be combined with foxtail millet for roughage and yield. Seed 60 lbs. in rows; 90 lbs. drilled. Plant after soil temperature reaches 65 degrees on a consistent basis.

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TIFFANY TEFF GRASS

Tiffany Teff is a warm season annual grass that can be harvested multiple times during the growing season as hay, silage, or pasture. This fast growing crop not only produces quality forage but also high yields during the summer growing season. When weather conditions are optimal, harvest schedules should occur every 40-45 days. Teff has a nutritive value comparable to timothy making it an excellent forage for horses and other livestock. It is fine stemmed, leafy, and very palatable. Protein content generally ranges from 12-17% depending on growth stage. Note: if using for pasture, wait until after the first cutting to ensure root system is established.

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HONEYCOMB HYBRID SORGO SUDANGRASS

CowPro Honeycomb Sorghum Sudan is a fine stemmed and very leafy that is  well suited for summer pasture, hay or green chop. Honeycomb is a three way cross Hybrid Sorg-Sorghum X Sudangrass. The sorgo cross reduces the stem size and brings about its sweet, juiciness. Honeycomb has uniform growth with very broad, dark green leaves. Its excellent root system provides standability and drought tolerance. Excellent seedling vigor and fast regrowth provide multiple cuttings or continuous summer pasture. Plant 30 lbs per acre drilled or 40-50 lbs per acre broadcasted end of May through July. Soil temps should b a consistent 65 degrees F.

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SURPASS BMR6 SORGHUM SUDANGRASS

Surpass is a bmr-6 hybrid sorghum sudangrass that can meet more than half of the energy needs of cattle and is comparable to alfalfa. This does not mean that it has the same protein level, but rather similar energy levels to get equal weight gains.Having bmr traits give Surpass reduced levels of lignin resulting in higher feed intake and improved weight gains. It also indicates a higher leaf to stem ratio resulting in higher feed intake. Due to better stalk digestibility and a smaller stalk diameter, seeding rates can be reduced compared to other hybrid sorghum sudangrasses.  Surpass can be used for hay, baleage, silage, greenchop, or directly grazed. Surpass is usually harvested in 50-60 days for the first cutting. With adequate moisture and fertilization, later cuttings should occur in approx. 40 day intervals.  Drill 20-25 lbs per acre late May-July or broadcast 30-50 lbs per acre. Plant after soil temperatures reach a consistent 65 degrees F.

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COWPRO HYBRID PEARL MILLET

An excellent choice for a quick hay crop or summer pasture. Very leafy variety with very fine stems. The extra leafiness will help boost protein levels over other pearl millets. CowPro Pearl Millet has excellent seedling vigor and tremendous regrowth and tillering after cutting or grazing. CowPro Hybrid Pearl Millet will grow better on marginal or acidic soils than sorg x sudan crosses. There is no prussic acid danger with pearl millet, but is susceptible to nitrate toxicity. CowPro Hybrid Pearl Millet is a drought tolerant variety and offers multiple cuttings of excellent quality forages for cattle, horses, sheep and other grazing animals. Drill 15 lbs per acre or 30 lbs per acre broadcasted mid-May through July. Plant when soil temperatures reach a consistent 65 degrees F.

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EXCEED BMR PEARL MILLET

Exceed BMR hybrid pearl millet is an enhanced summer annual product that delivers a versatile, high quality forage product to beef, dairy, sheep, or goat producers. When compared to other pearl millet products, Exceed has 20% – 30% less lignin content allowing for greater digestibility and more available energy for your livestock. It has also been found to have 20% – 25% increase in NDFD values resulting in greater feed intake, higher energy and an improved overall animal performance. Exceed makes for an excellent hay crop or summer pasture. Exceed has excellent seedling vigor, tremendous regrowth, and tillering after a cutting or grazing. Drill 15 lbs per acre or 30 lbs broadcasted mid-May through July. Plant when soil temperatures reach a consistent 65 degrees F.

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9200Y HYBRID GRAIN SORGHUM

This hybrid, cream colored grain sorghum that has excellent standability and yield potential. 9200Y is a full maturity grain sorghum (115-120 day maturity). It typically blooms in 80-85 days and reaches heights of 40-45 inches. Most often raised for cattle production, however, it has been found to have excellent wildlife attraction. Plant 6-8 lbs per acre when planted in rows late May through early July.

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RS215 HYBRID GRAIN SORGHUM

This medium/early  (105 day maturity) hybrid grain sorghum produces a high density, high bushel weight red grain. It has high tolerance to drought and will produce outstanding yields under dryland or limited irrigated conditions. Typically reaches heights of 45-50 inches. Plant 6-8 lbs in rows mid-May through July. Plant when soil temperatures reach a consistent 65 degrees F.

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SILO 700D BMR FORAGE SORGHUM

This forage sorghum hybrid is a brown midrib and has a very sweet stem with excellent green leaf retention. The brown midrib characteristic increases digestibility of the stem fibers by reducing the quantity of indigestible lignin. Lignin content is reduced approximately 40-60% depending upon environmental conditions. This reduction in lignin increases sugar content and softens stems making Silo 700D BMR more digestible. Plant 6-8 lbs per acre mid-May through July when soil temperatures reach a consistent 65 degrees.

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COWPEAS

A summer annual legume that is used for pasture, hay, and wildlife plantings. It has very viney stems with large leaves. Tolerant of drought conditions, low fertility, and acidic soils. Plant late May-July. Plant 40 lbs drilled or 100 lbs broadcasted. Plant when soil temperatures reach a consistent 65 degrees F.

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SPRING FORAGE

COWPRO FORAGE OATS

CowPro Forage Oats are an extremely tall oat variety developed especially for forage production. Late maturing – approximately 5 days later that Jerry Oats. CowPro Oats have strong straw strength, resistant to Smut, moderate resistance to Stem Rust. Grain has light test weight, and white color. Highly recommended for hay, pasture, or silage. Adding Austrian winter peas or hairy vetch will increase protein and yield. Plant March through April at a rate of 100 lbs. per acre. Typically the later you plant, higher tonnage will occur. The earlier you plant the likelihood of less tonnage and higher grain yield will occur. Responds well to nitrogen.

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PASJA HYBRID BRASSICA

Pasja is a high yielding brassica that is a cross between a forage turnip and forage rape. Pasja offers a tremendous opportunity for multiple grazings and can be sown in the spring with oats or Italian Ryegrass; in the summer with sorghum-sudangrass or pearl millet. With good fertility, moisture and management, Pasja can be ready to graze in 42-65 days. Pasja has a tap root and grows longer than turnips into times of dry weather. Plant 2-5 lbs per acre.

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JERRY OATS

Medium maturity spring oat with medium height that matures about 4 days later than Don. Jerry Oats typically have good lodging resistance, very high test weight, high groat percentage, and have a white/ivory seed. Moderately susceptible for red leaf, moderately resistant to crown rust and moderately susceptible to stem rust. Plant 2-3 bushel per acre February through April or September through October for cover crop planting.

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CHICORY

Chicory is a high yielding, broad leaved perennial herb that has excellent feed value for livestock. Chicory is suitable for all types of livestock and is a great protein source. It is ideally managed when mixed with clovers and grasses. Plant 5 pounds per acre spring or late summer/early fall.

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APPIN FORAGE TURNIPS

Appin turnips are a unique variety that was bred to give multiple grazings of high quality forage throughout the growing season. The bulb is firmly set in the soil and will typically have 6-10 growing points on top of the bulb. This gives you a much higher proportion of leaf matter than other turnips. It is also multi-crowned to give you improved re-growth potential. Appin Turnips can be sown with oats, annual ryegrass, cereal rye, and other grasses. Appin turnips are often interseeded into weakening cool season grass pastures. Plant 2-5 pounds per acre spring or late summer. Best results when planted in late summer. Responds well to nitrogen.

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PURPLE TOP TURNIPS

Purple Top turnips are a 55 day general purpose turnip. Roots are large and smooth, globular, white in color measuring sometimes up to 4 inches in diameter. Tops will provide forage for cattle or wildlife. Plant 2-5 pounds per acre spring or late summer.

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WINTER FORAGE

COWPRO FORAGE RYE

CowPro Forage Rye is a strain-crossed forage rye that is best suited when grazed. CowPro Rye grows upright and faster than common winter rye allowing for more cows per acre. Due to its strain-cross traits which result in hybridized vigor, Cow Pro rye is very adaptable to cattle grazing. However, it is not recommended for hay. Typically, rye becomes more bitter the taller that it grows resulting in poor palatability. Rye also has full beards that can cut the gums of cattle also giving poorer palatability. CowPro Rye comes out of winter dormancy quicker than common rye, wheat and cool-season grasses allowing you to graze earlier in the spring. CowPro Rye is compatible with annual ryegrass for extra yield and extended grazing. Seed 100 – 120 lbs per acre – August through November. Responsive to Nitrogen.

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HAIRY WINTER VETCH

A very winter hardy legume for pasture, baleage, or silage. High in protein, this legume is very palatable and makes a good companion with small grains, wheat, rye, barley or triticale. Can be used for a cover/plowdown crop. Plant 25-30 lbs in mixtures or 45 to 50 lbs per acre when sown alone late summer or early spring.

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AUSTRIAN WINTER PEAS

Winter peas make an excellent companion to small grains for hay or silage, adding additional protein and yield. Not adapted for grazing. Winter Peas makes a good nitrogen producing cover crop. Seed in late winter with oats or late summer with wheat or triticale. Plant 25-30 lbs. per acre with companion crop; 40-50 lbs. per acre for cover crop.

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PASJA HYBRID BRASSICA

Pasja is a high yielding brassica that is a cross between a forage turnip and forage rape. Pasja offers a tremendous opportunity for multiple grazings and can be sown in the spring with oats or Italian Ryegrass; in the summer with sorghum-sudangrass or pearl millet. With good fertility, moisture and management, Pasja can be ready to graze in 42-65 days. Pasja has a tap root and grows longer than turnips into times of dry weather. Plant 2-5 lbs per acre.

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PURPLE TOP TURNIPS

Purple Top turnips are a 55 day general purpose turnip. Roots are large and smooth, globular, white in color measuring sometimes up to 4 inches in diameter. Tops will provide forage for cattle or wildlife. Plant 2-5 pounds per acre spring or late summer.

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FRIDGE TRITICALE

Fridge Triticale is a tall winter variety that has excellent winter survival throughout the Midwest. Triticale is a genetic cross between wheat (triticum) and rye (secale) and has the ability to reproduce itself. It is higher in protein and palatability than wheat and common rye, and is an excellent small grain for pasture, hay, or haylage. In general, the variety is recognized by strong stems, dark medim green foliage color, and long, awnletted spikes (not bearded). Fridge relies on rapid, early growth and stand height to produce tonnage. Seed 100 to 120 lbs per acre September through October. Fertility requirements: 40 lbs P, 80 lbs K in the fall. 80 to 100 lbs N in the spring.

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COWPRO FORAGE WHEAT

CowPro Forage Wheat is a beardless, soft red winter wheat bred for large volume forage production. Very leafy, with wide blades and exceptionally tall height. CowPro Forage Wheat is 6 to 12 inches taller than most wheat varieties and almost double the forage production. CowPro Wheat produces a lot of straw with decent grain yields. Its closed head reduces disease and is resistant to weather damage resulting in high test weight. The beardless aspect allows for wider window of hay harvest time. Good for fall grazing and hay or haylage in the spring. Seed 100 to 120 lbs per acre – August through November. Responsive to Nitrogen.

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CHICORY

Chicory is a high yielding, broad leaved perennial herb that has excellent feed value for livestock. Chicory is suitable for all types of livestock and is a great protein source. It is ideally managed when mixed with clovers and grasses. Plant 5 pounds per acre spring or late summer/early fall.

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