Standing Grain as Winter Grazing for Cattle

2009 Annual Report for FNC07-688

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2007: $929.52
Projected End Date: 12/31/2010
Region: North Central
State: South Dakota
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Standing Grain as Winter Grazing for Cattle


Progress on this project has been slow and difficult! The field for the project was planted into a mix of sorghum-sudangrass and corn, as planned, in the spring of 2009. The crop was hailed out, for a total loss, in late July, 2009. A No-Cost Extension was requested and granted. Therefore, the field will be re-planted this spring, as soon as planting is possible.

As suggested above, results are scant at this point. Not that our experience has not been instructive, but the lessons so far have been a) agriculture is difficult and unpredictable, and b) flexibility is a critical element in agricultural planning.

We are hoping for a more favorable result this year. The plan is to re-plant and proceed with the initial project from the beginning. Initial soil tests will also need to be re- taken before planting.

As planned in the original proposal, we would plan to present a poster at the Ag Expo industry fair.

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