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.
Drilled Seeding Rate: 15 lbs/acre
- 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
Use the fertilizer rates below for maximum yield potential:
|Recommended Application Rate (Lbs/acre)|
|Soil Fertility Level||Nitrogen (N)||Phosphorus (P2O5)||Potassium (K2O)|
*Rates are recommended if no soil test is taken.
- Apply 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 @ 32 oz/acre before or after planting but before crop emergence to control existing weeds.
- There are no herbicide options to control weeds after the crop has emerged.
*Always read and follow label instructions before application.
Disclaimer: All products and rates were provided by university-based sources and product labels. Always follow label instructions and consult your local chemical dealer and seed dealer before making any applications or planting of the seed.
- 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.