alternative crop options for prevent plant acres

Wet field conditions have many growers considering alternative crop options for their prevent plant acres. Forages can be excellent options for livestock producers to grow for feeding and are economical crops that meet both nutritional and tonnage needs. Cover crops can also provide soil health and conservation.

Agtegra has supply and access to all the alternative crop options listed below, however early signs indicate BMR type forages will be tight along with foxtail millets, so plan and order your needs as soon as possible with your agronomist!

*While several options for alternative crops exist, growers should review their planting intentions with their crop insurance company to fully understand any potential implications to prevent plant eligibility and payment.*While several options for alternative crops exist, growers should review their planting intentions with their crop insurance company to fully understand any potential implications to prevent plant eligibility and payment.

Forage Sorghum

- Typically used in single cut silage
- Can be used for grazing
- Generally high tonnage with minimum regrowth potential


 

Sorghum x Sudan

- Typically used as hay, haylage, green chop or grazing
- Plants generally have smaller stems than forage sorghum
- Plants tiller and exhibit good regrowth


 

Sudan x Sudan (Sudangrass)

- Typically used for hay or grazing
- Fine stalks and leaves make a better option for dry hay
- Plants tiller and exhibit good regrowth


 

Millets

Typically used as late season hay
- Foxtail Hay - German, Japanese, Siberian
- White Proso - typically produce fewer tons than Foxtail millets
- Hybrid Pearl - Longer season millet that acts like Sorghum x Sudan


 

Cover Crops

- Typically used for soil conservation and maintaining a healthy soil ecosystem
- Can be used for grazing
- Numerous blends available with most containing 2 - 3 products each
       Common products include: Oats, Barley, Radishes, Turnips, Rapeseed, Sorghum, Millet, Sudan
- Blends can be customized