July 2016 short on forage


Across the northeast, the season has been a wide range of conditions.  Much of New England and New York has been very to extremely dry.  Further west, areas have been wiped out from to much rain. We lost several sorghum research experiments due to extended cold weather in June!  The bottom line is that it is mid-July and we need forage.  Fortunately, last year with the help of Preferred Seed Co., we put in an “oh crap it is mid July, what can I plant” test.  It was very dry thereafter (only 4 significant rain events until the end of September).  We still got crops of very good feed quality and economic yields. The potential advantage this year is that weather forecasters are saying September and October will be warmer than normal so we may capture more yield and reach maturity if we miss the frost.

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