To select the right cover crops for grazing livestock, NDSU Extension Forage and Cover Crops specialist Marisol Berti reminds producers to know the nutrients needed and the time of the year they want livestock to graze. NDSU Extension Rangeland Specialist Kevin Sedivec says brassicas, like turnips and radishes, can give a higher quality option late season following small grains or hay. “Most people would think legumes like alfalfa and clover would be higher quality, but the brassicas have higher quality than legumes. They’ll be more digestible.” When it comes to cover crops, Sedivec says most farmers and ranchers are looking at ways to keep living tissue on the land as long as possible. That’s a challenge with a short growing season. “They’re trying to find ways to keep grain cost effective,” explains Sedivec.
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