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Cover crops a viable option for supplemental grazing

By late August, much of the available grass is limited and brown. It's too early to start feeding hay and many ranchers look to cover crops as a grazing supplement in the late summer months. While sudan grass and millet are often the first cover crops producers think of, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Rangeland Management Specialist, Brent Woods, recommends grazing Brassicas as affordable cover crops for grazing.

A Brassica is a group of closely related plants, which include cabbage, cauliflower, kale, rape, radish, winter canola, turnip and swede. Brassicas have been used extensively in Europe as livestock forage for over 600 years. Brassicas can be used as cover crops for supplemental grazing. A cover crop is any crop that is planted between periods of regular crop production to prevent soil erosion and provide organic matter and nitrogen.

By late August, much of the available grass is limited and brown. It's too early to start feeding hay and many ranchers look to cover crops as a grazing supplement in the late summer months. While sudan grass and millet are often the first cover crops producers think of, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Rangeland Management Specialist, Brent Woods, recommends grazing Brassicas as affordable cover crops for grazing.

A Brassica is a group of closely related plants, which include cabbage, cauliflower, kale, rape, radish, winter canola, turnip and swede. Brassicas have been used extensively in Europe as livestock forage for over 600 years. Brassicas can be used as cover crops for supplemental grazing. A cover crop is any crop that is planted between periods of regular crop production to prevent soil erosion and provide organic matter and nitrogen.

By late August, much of the available grass is limited and brown. It's too early to start feeding hay and many ranchers look to cover crops as a grazing supplement in the late summer months. While sudan grass and millet are often the first cover crops producers think of, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Rangeland Management Specialist, Brent Woods, recommends grazing Brassicas as affordable cover crops for grazing.

A Brassica is a group of closely related plants, which include cabbage, cauliflower, kale, rape, radish, winter canola, turnip and swede. Brassicas have been used extensively in Europe as livestock forage for over 600 years. Brassicas can be used as cover crops for supplemental grazing. A cover crop is any crop that is planted between periods of regular crop production to prevent soil erosion and provide organic matter and nitrogen.

By late August, much of the available grass is limited and brown. It's too early to start feeding hay and many ranchers look to cover crops as a grazing supplement in the late summer months. While sudan grass and millet are often the first cover crops producers think of, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Rangeland Management Specialist, Brent Woods, recommends grazing Brassicas as affordable cover crops for grazing.

A Brassica is a group of closely related plants, which include cabbage, cauliflower, kale, rape, radish, winter canola, turnip and swede. Brassicas have been used extensively in Europe as livestock forage for over 600 years. Brassicas can be used as cover crops for supplemental grazing. A cover crop is any crop that is planted between periods of regular crop production to prevent soil erosion and provide organic matter and nitrogen.


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Tri-State Livestock News Updated Aug 14, 2012 03:45PM Published Jul 10, 2009 03:24PM Copyright 2009 Tri-State Livestock News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.