Forage Following Wheat

Once your wheat is gone or you have a fallow field, how do you plan to use that ground?  With good moisture and lots of growing season left this year there are many forage possibilities.      For example, with good moisture an early maturing corn is one possibility for silage if you plant it thick.  A better silage choice if conditions are dry might be a high grain producing forage sorghum if chinch bugs and other insects are not a problem.

If hay is preferred, plant sudangrass, pearl millet, or foxtail millet (only one cut).  Sudangrass is probably the best choice for yield and regrowth. Hay crops exceeding 2-4 tons per acre are possible when planted in early July.  Another hay or silage alternative is solid-seeded soybeans.  Two-three tons of good forage can be grown from taller, full season varieties planted after wheat.  Oats planted in early August is another option.  Yields over two tons are common with good moisture and high fertility.

~ Bruce Anderson, Hay and Forage Minute, Univ. NE