John Jennings, a professor and Extension forage specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, offered advice for spring forage plans, reminding producers to allow 30 days after implementing a practice to see the effect. Jennings was among the speakers during a webinar about COVID-19 impacts on the cattle industry.
Jennings offers these tips:
• Start rotating pasture immediately to allow for forage accumulation.
• Close gates or divide large pastures with single electric polywire to allow forage to accumulate.
• Fertilize cool-season grasses and winter annuals as soon as possible.
• Repair and overseed hay feeding areas.
• Target fertilization for existing forages; Fertilize cool-season grasses like fescue and winter annuals such as ryegrass as soon as possible; Fertilize bermuda in early May.
• Plant oats or ryegrass for spring grazing or hay as soon as possible.
• Plant summer annuals such as pearl millet, sudangrass, corn, or crabgrass in May and June for summer grazing.