Dr. John Jennings, Professor
Kenny Simon, Program Associate
The historical drought of 2012 has left many producers searching for alternative ways to provide forage for fall and winter grazing, especially since much of the winter hay supply has already been fed. Demonstrations conducted last fall showed that forage turnips planted between late August and early September can provide green forage for grazing by the end of October. The amount of forage produced will depend upon soil fertility and fertilization. The number of grazing days provided by forage turnips and other forage brassicas will be influenced by the type of grazing method implemented.
The optimum soil fertility for turnips includes a soil pH of 5.3 to 6.8, soil test phosphorus level of at least 60 pounds per acre and soil test potassium level of at least 250 pounds per acre. Follow soil test recommendations for the proper amount of…
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