Forage Timely Tips: October

  • Feed hay as needed to allow cool-season pastures to accumulate forage growth for winter grazing. 
  • Do NOT harvest or graze alfalfa fields in Oct. 
  • Inventory and test each hay lot for forage quality value and consult a nutritionist to design a supplementation program as needed. 
  • Remove ruminants from pastures that contain sorghum species (forage sorghums, sorghum-sudangrass hybrids, sudangrass, and johnsongrass) when frost is expected. Even small patches of johnsongrass that have been frosted can cause prussic acid poisoning.
  • Begin strip grazing early planted small grain and brassicas (turnips and rape) mixes by the end of this month.