These cow calf pairs are grazing a cover crop of rye, which was planted last fall after the soybean crop was harvested. Due to the late spring, the rye does not have as much growth as we’d expect. However, we had planted more rye than usual, which made up for it! The herd also has access to corn stalks for grazing.
The pairs will be moved to grass pasture in mid to late May, when adequate forage is available. The late spring also means that the pastures do not have as much new growth as what we would typically see this time of year. This field of rye will then be planted to grain sorghum in May, and after the fall harvest in October, the leftover stalks will be used for fall and winter grazing up to the beginning of calving season next February.