Annual Crops for Forage
Using annual crops for forage can be advantageous for a forage system. These crops provide supplemental feed during parts of the growing season when perennial forage crops traditionally decline in productivity. Although many annual forages are used as emergency crops during dry weather, they should be a planned part of the forage system and not simply grown in response to dry conditions. They also can act as interim crops between grazing rotations. Most annual forage crops are more satisfactory for pasture or silage than for hay.