For a number of farms, the forage supplies this year may be very tight. First the lack of rain, and then too much rain to late. The last newsletter covered what we can do this fall for an emergency forage crop. There is one crop you can plant this fall that can give you high yields of very high-quality forage earlier in the spring than any other crop – winter forage. Winter grains, specifically winter triticale, have been increasing acreage at a tremendous rate for the past 12 years as more farmers put their money there because the crop makes money. A bonus is that the very high digestible winter forage, when added to the ration as summer heat comes on, eliminates the formerly common “summer slump”.