Forage Timely Tips: June

  • Make plans to attend the KFGC’s Summer Forage Tours.
  • Continue hay harvests. Minimize storage losses by storing hay under cover. 
  • Clip pastures for weeds and seedheads as needed.
  • Use slower grazing rotations allowing for a longer recovery periods. 
  • Use portable fencing to decrease paddock size and increase paddock number.
  • Do NOT graze below the minimum desired residual height (4 in for most forages).
  • When present, johnsongrass can provide high quality summer forage when managed.  
  • Crabgrass, a warm-season annual grass, can provide high quality summer grazing. It is a annual grass highly preferred by livestock. If desired, remember crabgrass needs some annual soil disturbance to keep coming back.
  • Begin grazing native warm-season grasses.  Start at 20-24” and stop at 8-10 inches.