Spring Oats, the Missing Piece

By Paige Smart A great challenge in cattle operations is needing forage…fast. In Bermudagrass based systems, the lack of growth between when Bermuda growth slows and cereal rye or ryegrass growth begins is an incredible challenge. A similar issue is found in fescue based systems- fall growth of fescue slows or nearly stops once the…
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What’s the best time of day to make hay?

By Joy Beam, King’s AgriSeeds The best time of day to cut hay is a balancing act between maximizing the nutritional quality and store-ability of the bales.  During the day, the plant undergoes the process of photosynthesis, or production of carbohydrates- what we know better as ‘sugars’.  However, these sugars are produced at a rate…
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How do I know when to graze a mix?

Tim Fritz, King’s AgriSeeds Mixtures bring yield stability to a forage field as each species and variety has its own strengths and weaknesses.  These factors include: soil adaption, climate adaptation, disease resistance, harvest timing, yield distribution over the seasons, nutrient needs and contributions to soil health, and of course nutrition and fiber for the livestock. So,…
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Chemical-free No-till: A Realistic Goal?

Many people envision their farm becoming a chemical free or reduced chemical no-till system, but can’t quite figure out what that looks like, including weed suppression, controlling the previous crop, and getting all the inputs in the field.  Spoiler alert – there is no easy answer about how to put continuous no-till without chemicals into…
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Reports of Sugarcane Aphid in South Georgia

By Paige Smart Small pockets of the sugarcane aphid have been reported in South Georgia. They are expected to move north as the season progresses. Be prepared to reduce losses. WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? In 2013, this aphid made the jump from feasting on sugarcane alone to forage sorghum, sudangrass, and sorghum sudan. They feed…
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Nailing Down Nitrogen

By Paige Smart Nitrogen deficiency stands out as paler green swaths Fertilization is one of the many pieces of the forage productivity puzzle. Nutrients that the soil is lacking will manifest in the crop as discoloration, lack of vigor, and yield reduction. The nutrient that is limiting productivity more often than not is nitrogen. The…
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The Summer Annual Manual

By Genevieve Slocum and Tracy Neff, King’s AgriSeeds Inc. Summer annuals have unique benefits, like filling a small space in the rotation with multiple cuttings of big yields. They also bring some unique challenges and considerations. Here’s what you need to know. Step 1 is waiting for warm soils. These crops are adapted to hot…
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Small Quick Tips to Prevent Big Trips

80% of your success depends on the actions you take the day you plant. Set yourself up for success and read through these brief planting tips before getting that summer annual in the ground!   BURN DOWN THE EXISTING STAND It can be very tempting to drill summer annuals straight into a stand of heavily…
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