Mustang Graze

Mustang Graze is an annual forage plant for silage, grazing, cover crop or green chopping. It has excellent early growth and grows very tall. The tonnage is extremely high and is very palatable. It can be planted either in rows, drilled or broadcast. Seeding should be at 10 to 12 pounds per acre in rows or 20 to 30 pounds per acre broadcast. It is very sweet, juicy and leafy. The heavier the plant-ing, the finer the stems will be. For pasture uses, a rotating system is suggested. Ideal grazing height is 24 to 36 inches. Normal grazing precautions should be observed. Before green chopping, the plants should reach a height of 24 to 36 inches. Usually Mus-tang Graze will yield 3 to 6 cuttings depending on planting time, moisture and temperatures. For hay, the plants should reach boot stage and ideally be followed by a conditioner after cutting. Recommended usage: silage crops where it is not practical to use corn, such as when circumstances require a fast-growing crop for late or delayed re-planting. Planting should be delayed until the soil is warm enough to germinate seed (60 to 70 degrees).

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  • Type
    Grazing Sorghum Sudangrass
  • Soil Temp. To Plant
  • Regrowth
  • Plant Height
    2-3 Feet
  • Stalk Size
  • Days to Grazing
  • Days to Silage
  • Rows Lbs/Acre
  • Drilled Lbs/Acres

When Should Sorghums and Grasses Be Harvested?

Silage: Forage Sorghums should be harvested at the mid dough stage for ensiling. At this point, quality is still good and most types have dried down enough for ensiling.

Hay: Highest yields are obtained when sudangrass and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids are harvested at the soft-dough stage. However, curing is difficult and quality is low when harvested this late. The general recommendation is to harvest either type for hay whenever forage is about 30 inches tall. Sorghum-sudangrass hybrids are generally more difficult to make hay because of the larger stems. Crop should be cut 6 inches above the ground to encourage re-growth and two cuttings may be expected.

Green Chop: Sudangrass and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids can be used to provide green chopped forage over summer. Begin chopping after the plant is 18 inches tall or cut at least 10 days after a killing frost to avoid prussic acid concerns. First cutting should be taken prior to heading.

Pasture: Sudangrass and sorghum sudangrass hybrids can be grazed any time after the plant has reached a height of 18 inches, which is usually 5 to 6 weeks after planting. For best results, it should be grazed rotationally with a sufficiently heavy stocking rate to remove forage down to a 6 to 8 inch height in a few days. The pasture will grow rapidly when the cattle are removed for more total tonnage.