|Sitting in the heat and the weeds, dove hunting before the rain comes|
|It's been a long time since it's rained this much in early September|
Planting it earlier in the summer right after wheat harvest, baling or grazing it when it's about 45-50 days old, then letting it regrow before winter-killing might be the best way to manage sorghum-sudangrass. Or, starting to graze it at about this stage so that I could plant wheat in about mid-October.
We still have about 6-8 weeks before the first freeze date, so I'm not sure how much more it will grow or if it will get too mature and the quality will drop significantly (it shouldn't get too mature for a cover crop). I'm also wondering if I'll get some volunteer wheat or some ryegrass coming up this winter after the cows are done grazing it which would be a bonus.
Next year, I'm thinking that adding some sunn hemp and/or some sort of brassicas like turnips, canola, or tillage radish might actually be worth the expense. A cocktail of pearl millet, sunn hemp, turnips, and oats might be even better. One of the things I like is that there are a lot of options when you're growing something like sorghum-sudangrass or a cover crop cocktail. I'm really looking forward to seeing the cows out on this field this winter.
Now, after all the boring grass growing talk, here's some pictures of that exciting grass growing along with a picture of one of the bulls (don't get too attached to him though, because he's on the short list to go to town).
|Haygrazer - about 45-50 days and over 6 foot tall|
|That sorghum-sudangrass isn't as tall as it looks in the picture since the field is higher than the pasture|
|Sorghum-sudangrass already over 6-foot tall along the oil-field road|