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Forages & Blends
Annual forages are one of our specialties. We know when, why, and how you can utilize an annual forage to achieve your goal(s) and we're always excited to talk about them. We carry cool season, warm season and winter annuals so we can find a fit for whatever planting time works for you. We offer different varieties of these species so we can also ensure that the maturity and characteristics of a variety are the right one for your farm.
Our cool season grasses combined with a forage pea will take your forage crop to the next level. These mixes are designed for haying or chopping. The addition of a forage pea will increase palatability, protein content (additional 2-4%) and overall feed quality. The forage peas will fixate nitrogen in the soil which is great to improve your soil health.
COOL SEASON ANNUALS
AC Saltlander Forage Grass Mix, AKF Axcel Barley*, Everleaf® 114 Oats**, Everleaf® 126 Oats**, Proleaf™ 234 Oats***, TriCal® Surge BRAND Spring Triticale**, Fergie Pea***, Flex Pea**, Icicle Winter Pea***, 4010 Pea
WARM SEASON ANNUALS
MasterGraze Corn, German Millet, Japanese Millet, Hybrid Tifleaf lll Pearl Millet, White Proso Millet, Siberian Millet, Super Sugar Sorghum x Sudangrass, Nutri-King BMR 6 Sorghum x Sudangrass, GW-475 BMR Forage Sorghum, GW-116 Grain Sorghum, Piper Sudangrass
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AC® Hazlet Winter Rye, TriCal® Flex 719 BRAND Winter Triticale**, Willow Creek Forage Winter Wheat
Cool Season: AKF Axcel Barley*
AKF Axcel barley is a high quality, two-rowed awnless barley. It was developed in western North Dakota and offers a better feed value and higher protein than the older varieties available. It pairs well with a forage pea to increase feed values even more. It can grow in EC levels of 8.29 and below and has no known restrictions to adaptability.
AKF Axcel Barley
Cool Season: Everleaf® 114 Oats**
Everleaf® 114 is a true spring, black, forage oat with high yield potential. It has a delayed heading characteristic so much of its biomass, and quality, comes from its extended maturity. It pairs really well with forage peas and is more drought tolerant than Everleaf® 126 so we recommend this one in low-yielding areas.
Cool Season: Everleaf® 126 Oats**
Everleaf® 126 is a true spring, black, forage oat that has really made a name for itself in eastern North and South Dakota. It’s bred for high-yielding environments, responds well to added fertilizer and produces high forage yields. It’s approximately seven days later than Everleaf® 114.
Cool Season: Fergie Pea***
Fergie is our newest forage pea variety. It has a white flower, yellow seed and a black helium which makes it our most unique. It has a small seed size which makes it ideal for both cover crop and forage blends. Fergie produces high tonnage and has improved standability.
Cool Season: Flex Pea**
Flex pea is a white flowered green forage pea. The white flower represents its characteristic for better palatability and digestibility compared to peas with colored flowers. It’s an upright full-leaf type with a late maturity that matches best with Everleaf® 126 oats.
Cool Season: Icicle Winter Pea***
Icicle pea is an extra small white flowered green pea that can be planted in the spring or fall. We have found that a lot of areas in the Upper Midwest have too harsh of winters for us to recommend planting it in the fall but testing is still being conducted. It’s an excellent fit for spring planting in a cover crop, wildlife or forage blend and has a late maturity. Its seed size is approximately 4,000 seeds/lb which makes it very economical per acre to plant.
Cool Season: Pea 4010
4010 pea is a purple flowered speckled forage pea that’s been around for eons. It’s a vine full leaf type that relocates all across the US. It has an early maturity so its best suited with other early varieties when blended.
Cool Season: Proleaf™ 234 Oats***
Proleaf 234 is a dual propose white oat that gives growers the option to use it for forage or grain. The forage production is slightly lower than the Everleaf® varieties but it gives you flexibility as a dual purpose. It beats traditional oat varieties in lodging resistance and grain yields. 2019 is our first big year for commercial production.
Cool Season: Saltlander Forage Mix
This mixture of perennial grasses with salt tolerance for the semi-arid Plains and West with 10 to 18" of annual percipitaion. The mix is used for season-long pasture, dry hay or dual purpose, as well as concervation practices. Forage quality is comparabel to brome and orchardgrass and very palatable to livestock.Mixture Components: 60% AC Saltlander Green Wheatgrass, 40% Forte Brand Tall Fescue
Cool Season: TriCal® Surge Spring Triticale**
Surge is a tall, awnless (completely beardless) variety with excellent vigor. It tolerates the early cool season temperatures really well and also has drought tolerance. It has a high protein content making it a good option for haying, grazing, or silage. This is a new variety form TriCal and we are excited to offer it.
TriCal® Surge Spring Triticale
Forage Blend: Barley + Pea
Our awnless barley varieties tiller much heavier than traditional barley varieties and gives growers greater forage values. The inclusion of a forage pea really kicks things up a notch. This blend won’t produce as much tonnage as oats and peas so this is your blend for high quality. The barley allows you to plant on areas with saline issues.
Forage Blend: Oat + Pea
Our wide leaved forage oats and long vined forage peas offer extremely high quality and high tonnage hay for producers. If you’re look for high tonnage this is the mix you need. We recommend this blend at 60% peas and 40% oats because that’s the ratio we see the best results. There are no adaptability restrictions since we offer multiple varietal options.
Forage Blends: Triticale + Pea
Our forage triticale and forage pea blend is an excellent option for producers looking for a fast growing hay crop. Two key tips with this blend is to plant early and cut early. Triticale is early emerging and quick growing and the best time to cut this blend is when the triticale reaches the boot stage. Its early maturity gives you the option for double cropping.
Warm Season: German Millet
German millet is a warm season annual that is extremely versatile for use as a cover crop, forage or wildlife. It produces a single cutting with the highest tonnage and high protein compared to other millets. It helps build organic matter and improve soil health in cover crops and attracts and feed wildlife. It’s a low water user so it fits well in drier environments.
Warm Season: GW-1160, Grain Sorghum
GW- 1160 is the earliest maturing variety of grain sorghum that we offer so it’s adaptable for the upper Midwest. It has an excellent disease resistance package which includes Downy Mildew and Fusarium. This variety will produce dependable yields even under stressful conditions. Grain sorghum is commonly referred to as “milo.”
GW 1160 Grain Sorghum
Warm Season: GW-475 BMR, Forage Sorghum
GW-475 BMR has a sweet juicy stalk and produces a really high quality forage. It carries the BMR gene so lignin levels are reduced which improves its digestibility and palatability is improved, very similar to corn silage. However, compared to corn silage, it requires less water and inputs than corn so it’s an economical and quality alternative.
GW 475 BMR Forage Sorghum
Warm Season: Hybrid Tifleaf lll Pearl Millet
Tifleaf lll is a hybrid pearl millet used for multiple cuttings or for rotational grazing. It produces a high quality forage and has good disease resistances. It’s great for managing soil erosion and to build soil structure.
Tifleaf III Hybrid Peal Millet
Warm Season: MasterGraze Corn
MasterGraze Corn is a top-quality forage corn that is an excellent choice for haylage, balage, silage or grazing. This variety produces high tonnage in a short amount of time. MasterGraze is highly digestible and contains a high sugar content which makes it extremely palatable.
Warm Season: Nutri-King BMR 6, Sorghum x Sudan.
Nutra-King BMR 6 requires low water, grows quickly and has high yield potential. The brown midrib trait (BMR) reduces lignin which creates higher digestibility for your livestock. Energy will increase on this variety in the early boot stage as sugar forms in the stalks and leaves.
Nutri-King BMR 6 Sorghum x Sudangrass
Warm Season: Piper Sudangrass
Piper Sudangrass is an extremely low water user and has good drought tolerance. It has an impressive root structure making it a viable option as an erosion management tool. Piper works well in saline soils and we include it in our Salt Tolerant mix. Its usable for forage, grazing, cover crops and wildlife. It’s especially attractive to wildlife when it reaches full plant maturity because of its height and seed head.
Warm Season: Super Sugar, Sorghum x Sudangrass
Super Sugar has fine sweet stems so it stays sweet longer which increases its palatability for your livestock. It has very quick regrowth so it’s a great option for multiple cuttings or rotational grazing. This hybrid has a high leaf to stem ratio and grows well in drier conditions.
Super Sugar Sorghum x Sudangrass
Winter Annual: AC® Hazlet Winter Rye
AC® Hazlet winter rye is a winter hardy, fast-growing cereal crop. If a producer is looking to cut it for hay, he or she will not be disappointed with the tonnage. Rye has a very strong root structure making it an excellent option to help hold your soil structure together over the winter months as well as to prevent soil erosion from the wind. One of the greatest attributes of rye is its characteristic of being naturally allelopathic. This means that the plant itself produces a secretion that inhibits the growth or reproduction of competing plant species. The winter rye offers an excellent winter hardiness, making it a good cover crop option in preparation for soybeans.
Winter Annual: TriCal® Flex 719 Winter Triticale**
Flex 719 is an awnletted (reduced beard length) variety from the TriCal® program. It has won many forage trials over the last few years for both tonnage and feed values. Flex 719 has good straw strength and can get very tall which turns into a lot of yield. It has good winter survival making it an excellent fit for the Upper Midwest.
Winter Annual: Willow Creek Forage Winter Wheat
Willow Creek is a beardless, forage winter wheat that was developed by Montana State University. This tall, late-maturing, finestemmed winter wheat offers great forage characteristics. Willow Creek is beardless and highly palatable with good winter hardiness. Willow Creek is a good option for delaying turnout on pastures in the spring.
*Authorized to be grown as Certified Seed Only (CSO). This variety cannot be harvested and/or sold for seed without written permission from the owner. This variety is only allowable to be harvested for forage purposes. Any illegal reproduction of this variety will be punishable by law.
**Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited – PVPA 1994 – U.S. Protected Variety. To be sold by variety name only as a class of certified seed.
***Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited – PVPA 1994 – U.S. Protected Variety – Pending. To be sold by variety name only as a class of certified seed.
Winter Annual: Winter Pea & Winter Triticale
Our winter triticale and winter pea blend are recommended for Fall seeding in areas with mellow winters. It works well following cool season grain or forage harvest since it can be planted in late August to early September. The seed size of Icicle winter pea is extra small so it allows producers to plant this blend at lower seeding rates while still achieving adequate plants per acre.
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