Missouri Using Annual Ryegrass to Boost Pasture Forage

The High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal reviewed the options for Missouri farmers who struggle with drought and wonder about how to bring life to their pastures, in part to lower the anticipated cost of feed next winter. Here’s a part of the article. Read the entire piece by clicking here:

Another option that may give more long-term benefit to pastures is adding no-till annual ryegrass to make a better long-term supplement for fescue.

“It will compliment the fescue and will last later into next summer than the cereal grains and drop seed for subsequent years. It dilutes the endophyte down and improves overall pasture quality,” said Schnakenberg.

Ryegrass can be no-tilled by itself into a fescue stand or some producers may want to mix it 50/50 with fescue seed to thicken the stand.

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