Line up Warm Season Annual Grass Varieties Now

Warm season annual grasses should not be planted until after there is no risk of frost, but seed supplies have be tight in recent years. Therefore, make sure to contact your seed dealer and order your seed now for May plantings. See the “Variety Trial” Tab on the Forage Website to download the 2020 Annual Grass Report: Warm Season and Cool Season (Cereals). This report contains complete yield information over the last 3 years for Sudangrass, Sorghum-Sudangrass, Pearl Millet, Teff, and Forage Sorghum. At the back of this report is a summary table showing how numerous varieties have performed in KY over the last 15 years. We have recently begun testing warm season annuals for forage quality through Chris Teutsch’s lab in Princeton. Special thanks to Chris and his crew for grinding and running these samples through the NIRS. This table shows quality information for the sudangrass trial planted in Lexington May 28, 2020 and harvested July 8. More quality information will be available in the May Forage News.