whats best to plant for summer grazing?

Discuss grasses and how to grow and harvest them.
Post Reply
scf84
Trail Boss
Trail Boss
Posts: 206
Joined: Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:59 pm
Location: lawrence co.Tennessee
Has thanked: 1 time
Been thanked: 5 times

whats best to plant for summer grazing?

Post by scf84 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:45 pm

i got about 9 acres i been clearing, was thinking about planting sudan grass like have in the past, but it has doubled in price this year from last year. is there anything else i can plant similar to the sudan that might be cheaper?



User avatar
pdfangus
GURU
GURU
Posts: 4729
Joined: Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:01 am
Location: Beaverdam, virginia
Has thanked: 37 times
Been thanked: 69 times

Re: whats best to plant for summer grazing?

Post by pdfangus » Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:23 pm

what hasn't doubled in the last year?
Strength is of no value if it does not have a
useful application for good.
Jim Tate
pdfangus@gmail.com

scf84
Trail Boss
Trail Boss
Posts: 206
Joined: Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:59 pm
Location: lawrence co.Tennessee
Has thanked: 1 time
Been thanked: 5 times

Re: whats best to plant for summer grazing?

Post by scf84 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:33 pm

cattle prices and paychecks.

User avatar
JMJ Farms
GURU
GURU
Posts: 4383
Joined: Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:51 pm
Location: Middle Georgia
Has thanked: 183 times
Been thanked: 216 times

Re: whats best to plant for summer grazing?

Post by JMJ Farms » Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:45 pm

I see you’re in Tennessee. Not sure about there, but I’m in Georgia and Tift Leaf 3 Pearl Millet is about as good as we can do.
Until we remember that the left wing and the right wing belong to the same bird and we come together as a nation then this country is in for more turmoil - Jogeephus

User avatar
Red Bull Breeder
GURU
GURU
Posts: 7402
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:26 am
Location: North Arkansas
Has thanked: 160 times
Been thanked: 163 times

Re: whats best to plant for summer grazing?

Post by Red Bull Breeder » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:47 pm

Brown top millet and cow peas.

Texasmark
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 734
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:56 pm
Location: N. Texas
Has thanked: 29 times
Been thanked: 24 times

Re: whats best to plant for summer grazing?

Post by Texasmark » Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:15 am

SS (Haygrazer) planted when the ground average temp is over 60F for a summer crop is max foilage around here as long as the Sugar Cane Aphids don't visit. Never had that problem till summer of 2014 and now you can kiss SS goodbye by 4th of July.

callmefence
GURU
GURU
Posts: 5418
Joined: Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:36 pm
Location: Fencemans place...central Texas
Has thanked: 123 times
Been thanked: 206 times

Re: whats best to plant for summer grazing?

Post by callmefence » Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:57 am

Hybrid Sudan can't be beat for yield and iaright up with the best for quality. Seed has tripled in cost.
Milo is hard to beat for cheap 16.00 per hundred wieght here. Quick , drought tolerate, and fair regrowth. You can even cut hay if you decide.
My remedy for the sugar cane aphid is to as soon as I see em turn the cows on it. They will actually eat the aphid infested grass first. I let them eat it to the ground if the aphids are bad.
If it ain't tight , It ain't right.




You can all go to he// . I'll go to Texas.
David Crockett

User avatar
Bigfoot
Mentor
Mentor
Posts: 12014
Joined: Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:31 pm
Location: Kentucky
Has thanked: 37 times
Been thanked: 63 times

Re: whats best to plant for summer grazing?

Post by Bigfoot » Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:08 am

JMJ Farms wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:45 pm
I see you’re in Tennessee. Not sure about there, but I’m in Georgia and Tift Leaf 3 Pearl Millet is about as good as we can do.
You drill that straight in, or prepare a seed bed?
Your not a small business owner. Your a stay at home mom trapped in a pyramid scheme.

User avatar
JMJ Farms
GURU
GURU
Posts: 4383
Joined: Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:51 pm
Location: Middle Georgia
Has thanked: 183 times
Been thanked: 216 times

Re: whats best to plant for summer grazing?

Post by JMJ Farms » Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:34 am

Bigfoot wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:08 am
JMJ Farms wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:45 pm
I see you’re in Tennessee. Not sure about there, but I’m in Georgia and Tift Leaf 3 Pearl Millet is about as good as we can do.
You drill that straight in, or prepare a seed bed?
Either or. Prepared seedbed always seems to do a little better, but this is probably due to soil compaction. I think if you ran a renovator or subsoiler in front of a no till it would be just as good.
Until we remember that the left wing and the right wing belong to the same bird and we come together as a nation then this country is in for more turmoil - Jogeephus

Bcompton53
Cowhand
Cowhand
Posts: 69
Joined: Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:03 pm
Location: NE Kansas
Has thanked: 7 times
Been thanked: 11 times

Re: whats best to plant for summer grazing?

Post by Bcompton53 » Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:50 am

The neighbors soybeans. haha

User avatar
Bigfoot
Mentor
Mentor
Posts: 12014
Joined: Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:31 pm
Location: Kentucky
Has thanked: 37 times
Been thanked: 63 times

Re: whats best to plant for summer grazing?

Post by Bigfoot » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:00 am

JMJ Farms wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:34 am
Bigfoot wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:08 am
JMJ Farms wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:45 pm
I see you’re in Tennessee. Not sure about there, but I’m in Georgia and Tift Leaf 3 Pearl Millet is about as good as we can do.
You drill that straight in, or prepare a seed bed?
Either or. Prepared seedbed always seems to do a little better, but this is probably due to soil compaction. I think if you ran a renovator or subsoiler in front of a no till it would be just as good.

Thanks. I was already planting some dwarf SS. I had been toying with planting some pearl millet. Called my seed guy to see if he could get the tift leaf 3 mentioned above. Waiting to hear back. only going to do 8 acres to experiment with.
Your not a small business owner. Your a stay at home mom trapped in a pyramid scheme.

User avatar
HDRider
GURU
GURU
Posts: 4769
Joined: Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:25 am
Location: NE Arkansas
Has thanked: 28 times
Been thanked: 46 times

Re: whats best to plant for summer grazing?

Post by HDRider » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:55 am

I just patched my hay feeding area with Crabgrass and Pearl Millet

I will hit it this fall with Fescue and some annuals TBD.
bball wrote: "The juice wasn't worth the squeeze."
Dun said, "You gotta be flexible. Do whatever you have to do for the best results within your limitations."

kentuckyguy
Trail Boss
Trail Boss
Posts: 301
Joined: Sun Nov 06, 2016 6:06 am
Has thanked: 20 times
Been thanked: 34 times

Re: whats best to plant for summer grazing?

Post by kentuckyguy » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:10 pm

I’m doing pretty much the same thing HDRider. I ordered some pearl millet the other day to plant on our winter feeding area.

It’s not a huge area but I figure I will at least get some use out of it that way.

I plan to plant it in wheat, fescue, and maybe some rape or turnips in late August. I have much better luck getting grass to grow in the late summer/fall.

hurleyjd
GURU
GURU
Posts: 4038
Joined: Thu Sep 07, 2006 9:52 am
Location: Yantis, Texas
Has thanked: 18 times
Been thanked: 40 times

Re: whats best to plant for summer grazing?

Post by hurleyjd » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:22 pm

scf84 wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:33 pm
cattle prices and paychecks.
What is wrong everywhere I read and hear Trump has took care of you.

callmefence
GURU
GURU
Posts: 5418
Joined: Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:36 pm
Location: Fencemans place...central Texas
Has thanked: 123 times
Been thanked: 206 times

Re: whats best to plant for summer grazing?

Post by callmefence » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:32 pm

hurleyjd wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:22 pm
scf84 wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:33 pm
cattle prices and paychecks.
What is wrong everywhere I read and hear Trump has took care of you.
Trump supporters don't want to be taken care. They take care of themselves
If it ain't tight , It ain't right.




You can all go to he// . I'll go to Texas.
David Crockett

Post Reply