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Why Not Plant Sudangrass and Protect Forage with the Best Hay Covers?

Hay TarpsReady the hay covers friends. Its almost time to get those summer forage crops into the ground. For many areas of the United States, the seeds will need to be planted by late April or the end of May for a maximum harvest. Which type will you be planting and did you ever think of choosing sudangrass?
It has its merits you know. For starters, its fast-growing, self-rejuvenating and very forgiving as far as environmental elements go. It needs little to get started but there are downsides too. When it comes to harvest and storage, the prussic acid rich plants are temperamental. They have to be cut in a timely, specific manner to ensure the proper acid levels and drying times are secured. Otherwise, the hay could sicken animals and potentially cause livestock loss.
Because sudangrass has a notoriously high acid content, wed recommend hay covers that are chemical resistant. In addition, the hay covers should be abrasion resistant. Why abrasion resistant? Experience has taught farmers that sudangrass must be broken up before the drying phase. Thus, the crushing and drying process could damage non-resistant hay covers and tarps.
With sudangrass, the final harvest phase generally doesnt happen until late August and early September. However, if planted early enough in the spring, it may turn over several times before then. So, it is wise to have a large cache of chemical, abrasion resistant hay covers or tarps on hand at the start of the season, just in case. And remember, chemical and abrasion resistant tarps may help with the storage of soil amendments too.
As we mentioned above, sudangrass is fairly forgiving but it does need some care along the way. Examples include periodic application of fertilizer and lime, which may be stored along with the chemical resistant tarps. To learn more about hay covers and tarps for use with sudangrass or related farming supplies, please contact us today.

Hay Covers and Tarps Can Help Farmers Handle Spring Hay Production

Hay TarpsNow that February 2014 is here, have you already decided which steps you are going to take regarding hay production? If not, youll need to make them soon. Otherwise, you could end up having to buy food for the animals in the months ahead. Heres a quick look at what some of the options are as well as why youll need a good supply of hay covers and tarps in the spring:

 

Plant Oats

Depending on where you live, planting oats may be an option. For instance, to ensure a spring crop in the Midwest, the seeds will typically need to be drill-planted prior to mid March. In most instances, youll need to plant 100 pounds of seed per acre to generate 2,000 pounds of forage or 60 days worth of baled food. Once the seed heads appear, the oats may be harvested and stored under our hay covers until needed.

Test and Fertilize

During the cool season, testing the soil and adding fertilizer as needed is also an option. Doing so will help to ensure future hay growth. In many cases, the fertilizer will need to contain potassium, phosphorus, boron, sulfur and nitrogen. If you decide to buy the fertilizer in bulk and apply it yourself, our acid resistant, heavy-duty poly tarps will come in handy too. They may be utilized to help keep the pallets of fertilizer dry and contained prior to use.

Make Baleage

Lastly, you could make baleage with any hay harvested during the wet, cool weeks ahead. Once youre ready, our hay covers and tarps may be used to help keep oxygen away from the forage. It is important to keep the oxygen out because it could lead to mold and mildew growth. That, understandably, would render the baleage unsuitable for livestock consumption.

To ask questions and order custom hay covers in time for spring, please contact us at (877) 811-3911. Remember, it generally takes 7 to 10 business days to manufacture a custom hay cover. Shipping time is additional.