Forage-crops-annual-summer

Forage crops Annual Summer


COMMON NAME BOTANICAL NAME CULTIVAR TIME TO SOW SOWING RATE SITE PREFERENCE UTILIZATION
SUMMER            
Babala or Pearl Millet Pennisetum americanum   Mid Oct – Dec 15 – 25 Very adaptable. Emergency summer grazing. Good silage at heading late maturing, compared to jap millet and forage sorghum.
Japanese Millet Echinochloa crus-galli   Mid Oct – Dec 15 – 25 Very adaptable. Suitable for double cropping with annual temperates. Good grazing and fair silage.
Forage sorghum Sorghum spp. Hybrids Sweetgrazer Mid Oct – Dec 15 – 25 Very adaptable. Emergency summer grazing and good silage if enlisted after heading. Does not yield as much and is not as disease resistant as Babala.
Velvet bean Macuna deeringianum Mount Barker Nov – Dec 20 – 30 (50 if sown alone) Adaptable, frost free areas. Grown with maize in row for silage
Soyabean (silage or hay) Glycine max   Oct – Nov 50 – 60 Deep fertile soil rich humus. Makes very good silage with molasses or mixed 1 to 2 with maize.
Cowpeas Vigna unguiculata Dr. Saunders / Iron grey Mixed Oct – Nov 20 – 30 (50 if sown alone) Adaptable. As for soya beans but does better in dryer areas. Sometimes used for hay and green manure.
Dolichous Lablab Lablab purpureus Rongai Oct – Nov 20 – 30 Adaptable. As for velvet bean but does better in drier areas.

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