Forage Timely Tips: October

* Feed hay to allow cool-season pastures to accumulate forage growth for winter grazing.  * Do NOT harvest or graze alfalfa fields until after killing frost (<26 degrees).
* Inventory and test each hay lot for nutritive value and consult a nutritionist to design a supplementation program as needed. 
* Remove ruminants from pastures that contain sorghum species when frost is expect to avoid prussic acid poisoning (forage sorghums, sorghum-sudangrass hybrids, sudangrass, and johnsongrass). Even small patches of johnsongrass that have been frosted can be toxic. Leave off until plants have dried down.
* Begin strip grazing early planted small grain and brassica (turnips and rape) mixes late this month.