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Triticale, Wheat, & other Small Grains for Grazing, Green Chop, Silage, and Hay

Productivity, quality, adaptability, and versatility. . . .
Dairy and beef producers can realize substantial cost savings and higher profits, while meeting environmental objectives, by integrating cereal forages into a comprehensive forage program and properly matching nutritional attributes of various cereal forages to the diverse nutritional needs of their animals.

Features Benefits
Annual Crop
  • Quick source of forage
  • Quick payback on production cost
  • Flexible in crop rotations
  • Allows quick response to changing economic and production conditions
Cool Season Crop
  • Efficient use of soil moisture
  • Less vulnerable to drought
  • Double crop with warm-season crops
    Complement warm-season crops in terms of workload, production inputs, and feed supply
  • Reduce soil erosion
  • Aids in the management of nitrogen and manure during the cool seasons. Utilize nitrogen and prevent runoff and percolation into ground water
Low Input Requirements
  • Low input cost and financial risk
  • Equipment required is modest, and usually already owned for other enterprises
Widely Adpated
  • Wide range of varieties allows production under diverse conditions
Competitive With Weeds
  • Minimize costs, regulatory requirements, and undesirable effects of herbicides
  • Help control weeds that affect other crops in the rotation
  • Help establish new stands of alfalfa and enhance declining stands with inter-seeding
Relatively Few Economic Pests
  • Minimize costs, regulatory requirements, and undesirable effects of pesticides
  • Low risk of major crop loss to pests if crop variety is chosen prudently
Rotational Benefits
  • Help control pests that affect other crops in the rotation, reducing production costs and increasing


  • Very high quality forage from vegetative or boot stage harvest
  • High forage yields, especially from soft dough harvest
  • Excellent pasture
  • Grain and straw