Final Report for FNE94-060
Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE94-060.
We have a relatively short growing season for annual crops in the Northeast. We have wet springs and falls which make it hard to get corn planted early in the spring, equally difficult to get it harvested in the fall and almost impossible to get a reasonable cover crop established after harvest. Sorghum/soybean forage mixtures have been introduced as an alternative annual forage crop to corn. Forage quality and quantity are of major importance to livestock farmers but we need to look at alternatives that will reduce erosion, reduce dependence on herbicides and still maintain adequate production and forage quality. Sorghum/soybean forage mixtures can be seeded as late as July 1st, are seeded in narrow rows (grain drill), do not need herbicides and can easily be followed with a fall cover crop.