Featured Pub: Managing Small Grains for Livestock Forage (AGR-160)

Small grains like wheat are grown predominately  as a grain crop in Kentucky. Managed properly, wheat and small grains (rye, oat, barley and triticale) are  multipurpose crops that can also be used for grazing, silage, and hay production. The most widely planted small grain solely for grazing is cereal rye with it’s vigorous fall growth and early spring production. All small grains can be used as winter cover crops for soil erosion control and as scavengers of residual fertilizer N following heavily fertilized summer annuals. The full publication can be found here. For information on the best adapted small grain varieties refer to “2016 Annual Grass Report” (PR-719).