In 2019, summer annual forage variety trials were conducted across Kansas near Garden City, Hays, and Scandia. All sites evaluated hay and silage entries. A total of 95 hay varieties, 99 sorghum silage varieties, and 12 corn silage varieties were evaluated. The full report is now available online.
In 2020, summer annual forage variety trials were conducted across Kansas near Garden City, Hays, and Scandia. All sites evaluated hay and silage entries. Breeders, marketers, and producers use data collected from the trials to make informed variety selections.
The results of the 2021 Kansas Performance Tests with summer annual forage varieties are available online. Summer annual forage performance tests are conducted each year by the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station.
Double cropping after wheat harvest can be a high-risk venture. The available growing season is relatively short. Heat and/or dry conditions in July and August may cause problems with germination, emergence, seed set, or grain fill. Ample soil moisture this year can aid in establishing a successful crop after wheat harvest. Read more about herbicide carryover potential and management considerations for double cropping with soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, summer annual forages, and corn.
In 2021,summer annual forage variety trials were conducted across Kansas near Garden City, Hays, and Scandia. All sites evaluated hay and silage entries. Across the sites, a total of 104 hay varieties and 55 sorghum silage varieties were evaluated. The results are summarized in the 2021 Kansas Forage Report, now available online.
The results of the 2022 Kansas Performance Tests for warm-season annual forage varieties are available online. The objectives of these variety trials are to evaluate the performance of released and experimental varieties, determine where these varieties are best adapted, and increase the visibility of summer annual forages in Kansas.
Annual Forage (AF) insurance is a rainfall index product for annual crops produced for forage. The deadline to purchase AF for any annual forage crop produced over the next calendar year is July 15. The USDA Risk Management Agency recently announced several changes to AF, that were designed to increase flexibility for producers. Learn more in this article.