The Do’s & Don’ts of Spring Fodder Flow

The Do’s & Don’ts of Spring Fodder Flow

When it comes to farming livestock, consistently good feed that offers quality roughage is vital. That’s why it’s so important for farmers to ensure their fodder flow is optimised for all seasons – particularly in the early spring months before the next rainy season.

August is an uncertain time for farmers with regards to fodder. Not many crops can be planted at this time without supplementary irrigation and as such, farmers low in fodder need to plan ahead. So, what can you do?

Supplementary irrigation

Do: Farmers with supplementary irrigation can plant oats and perennial ryegrass. However, it is wise to remember that this is not the best time to plant these crops, so expect a less-than-optimal yield.

Don’t: Be sure not to plant Westerwold ryegrass as long exposure to daylight inhibits its growth.

Plant at the right time

Don’t: While some farmers may be tempted to plant summer crops earlier than usual due to low supplies, bear in mind that many summer plants are sensitive to cold nights. Remember, soil temperature can play a key role in germination and yield.

Do: One crop you can plant when soil temperature is lower, during these early spring months is Babala. In fact, it is the most cost-effective option during this time and requires very little effort for the yield it produces.

Do: While it can’t be planted for most of spring, forage sorghum thrives in summery conditions. Farmers looking to kick-start their fodder supplies can plant forage sorghum any time after mid-October. The beauty of this crop is that it’s useful for repeat grazing or cutting.

Don’t: One thing to remember is that when stressed, forage sorghum produces prussic acid. Ensure livestock do not feed on the crop in these situations.

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