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Check forage crop planting windows

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By David G. Hallauer

Meadowlark District Extension Agent

With forage supplies tight, and some stands damaged by continued drought, you might be giving thought to reseeding, overseeding, or new seedings of a forage crop. The following is a list of some of our more commons species and recommended planting windows:

--Spring oats: Feb. 20 to March 15 (plant early to maximize forage production).

--Alfalfa: April 10 to May 10 (requires some fertility correction in most cases so plan ahead, soil test, and correct ahead of time to ensure a good stand).

--Red clover: March 1 to 15 (there are a number of different ways to interseed red clover that can be successful).

--Cool-season grasses (fescue/brome): Feb. 15 to March 15 (not as "finicky" as alfalfa from a soil fertility standpoint, but low fertility sites could be an issue; if you haven't planted brome in a while, seed could be in short supply).

--Summer annual forages (e.g., pearl millet, forage sorghum): when soil temperatures reach 70 to 75 degrees F.

Prepare well in advance to ensure a successful seeding. For information on cultural practices for each of these crops, contact your Extension office.

Date: 3/11/2013



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