Beating the Summer Slump on Dairy Farms with No-Till Annuals
Due to high temperatures, growth of cool season perennials slows down in the Pennsylvania summer, leading to a slump in production. A grazing dairy in southeastern Pennsylvania meets summer grazing needs with warm season annuals planted in rotation with perennial and annual cool-season pastures. Measured grazed yield was more than 6 tons of high quality dry matter per acre in about one year. By using no-tillage for all crops, soil health benefits of perennials are maintained.