Forage Timely Tips: November

  • Apply 30-40 lb N/A to strengthen cool-season grass sods through increasing tillering and root growth
  • If not already done, inventory hay and assess hay quality.
  • Adjust animal numbers or purchase additional hay to balance forage-feed supply to livestock needs.
  • Graze winter annuals that will not overwinter such as turnips and oats.
  • Graze other winter annuals once they are 6-8 inches tall and are well anchored.  Do NOT graze closer to 4 inches.
  • Sugar content will rise in tall fescue with the cool temperatures and short days of fall. Alkaloid content of tall fescue can be high in some years, but will decline after a hard freeze.
  • Talk with local conservationist about developing a grazing plan and cost-share opportunities.