By Pat Hoffman
Producers used to only plant small grains in the spring for forage when they faced alfalfa winterkill or needed a companion crop for alfalfa seedings.
Times have changed and small grain forages are now commonly and diversely used to augment a wide array of forage needs. In addition, small grain forages are now planted in the spring, mid to late summer, and fall to facilitate manure applications and or double-cropping systems. With the planting and harvest of small grain forages approaching, here is a checklist of small grain forage issues to consider: