Hay Covers Can Help Protect Emergency, Warm Weather Forage Crops

Posted by CanopiesAnd Tarps on Apr 9th 2014

By all accounts, many of Americas farmers are going to be faced with forage shortages in the coming months. If you feel that you are going to be one of them, nows the time to take decisive action. In our opinion, investing inhay coversand planting fast-growing, warm weather crops is the best way to proceed at the moment.

Five warm weather plants that tend to provide great emergency forage are teff, pearl millet, sundangrass, crab grass and sorghum-sundan grass hybrids. As long as the soil is in the 70 to 75 Degree Fahrenheitrange, you should be able to plant all five of them in the ground as early as May 1st. With that in mind, youll want to make sure that your propertys soil is fertilized and ready to go by then.

Some of the forage crops, like the sorghum-sundan grass hybrids, can also be planted after May 1st and harvested several times throughout the summer months. However, it is important to note that the hybrids and regular sudangrass traditionally contain prussic acid. So youll want to use caution and expect some difficulties curing hay too. The list of forage crops that tend to contain low to no prussic acid includes pearl millet, crabgrass and teff.

Once the warm weather crops are harvested, its advisable to protect them with high-quality hay covers. At Canopies and Tarps, we have side curtain covers, round and square hay covers in all different sizes. Each one is designed to be mold, water, sun, mildew and rot resistant. Thus, protecting your farms warm weather baleage should be no problem at all, no matter where you live.

To learn more about protecting your warm weather forage supply with our hay covers, pleasecontact usat (877) 811-3911. The sooner you make contact with us, the quicker youll have your emergency forage plans well underway.