Premium Graze is a blend of warm season grasses and forage brassicas that has been developed as a summer annual grazing system. It is also commonly used as a cover crop following early harvest of a small grain or spring forage. Premium Graze can be planted early in the summer and used as a rotational grazing system, or planted later in the summer and used for stockpiled fall and winter grazing.
The Cow Conditioner BMR sorghum sudangrass and millet in the mix provide high levels of dry matter production during the hot and dry summer months. The forage brassicas in the blend increase the overall protein content and digestibility of the diet. Brassicas also give the mix a good degree of cold tolerance and will remain green and lush long after the warm season grasses have been terminated by frost. This makes fall and winter grazing of Premium Graze an excellent balance of roughage from the grasses and protein from the brassicas.
Premium Graze is productive on a wide range of soil types including lighter soils. Being a warm season-based blend, it has excellent heat and drought tolerance. Premium Graze is commonly used as a replacement for our Optigraze mix if planting is delayed until early summer or if moisture outlook is poor.
This mix meets the NRCS standard cover crop requirements for CSP and EQIP Programs in South Dakota and Minnesota.
Drilled Seeding Rate: 15 lbs/acre
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- Planting Time: Late Spring – Mid Summer
- The warm-season grasses in the mix need a minimum soil temperature of 60 degrees to germinate.
- Drilled Seeding Rate: 15 lbs/acre
- Ideal Seed Depth: ½” – ¾”
- Seed can also be broadcasted and rolled or packed to gain seed to soil contact
- Premium Graze requires approximately 20 lbs of N, 5 lbs of P2O5, and 20 lbs of K2O per ton of forage produced.
- Make fertilizer applications based on expected yield and soil fertility levels.
- Apply a ½ rate of nitrogen before or immediately after planting, and the other ½ rate 30 days after emergence.
- Do not exceed a total of 10 lbs/a of N+K if fertilizer is placed in-furrow at planting.
- Plant into a clean, weed-free seedbed.
- If weeds are present at planting, consider applying glyphosate before or after planting if drilled, but before crop emergence to
control existing weeds. Do not apply glyphosate after planting if crop is broadcasted and not incorporated.
- There are no herbicide options to control weeds after the crop has emerged.
- Premium Graze is usually ready to graze 50–55 days after emergence when the sorghum sudangrass is mid-height
but still vegetative.
- If rotationally grazing, remove livestock from a paddock when it is grazed to a minimum average stubble height of 6″ and allow
about 30 days of regrowth between grazing passes.
- Prussic Acid: Wait to graze until the sorghum sudangrass in the blend is at least 18″ tall. After a killing frost, avoid grazing for 5–7
days. After that point, it will be safe to graze for the remainder of the fall and winter.
- If grazing plans change, Premium Graze can be harvested as a high-quality silage or hay crop.