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Crabgrass is Good Forage

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Improved forage crabgrass varieties are not weeds, but high-quality, high-producing forages that fit
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Genevieve provides forage and cover crop research and marketing support for King's AgriSeeds Inc. in Lancaster County, PA. She has also worked on organic vegetable farms and as an intern in agricultural field trials at the Rodale Institute.


  1. Don K. says:

    Do you by chance have any protein figures on crabgrass? I’m sure various factors influence it, but am considering it for my pasture.

  2. Richard Moyer says:

    Due to pipeline work on my land, had 3 acres of bare ground to seed early August. Sowed buckwheat, cowpeas, mixed with teff or crabgrass here in SW VA.

    Had a decent rain then it turned off dry.

    Teff created enough of a sod that we put on a few milk cows at 4-6 weeks. Crabgrass took longer, so we had less grazing of that. Much of the crabgrass waited for later rains before germinating.

    The crabgrass had some spiny pigweed (amaranth) seed, something we’d eradicated from our farm. So we’ll be pulling those before seed next year, as a few got away from us this year.

    We did let all the crabgrass go to seed, as well as the teff. Thanks for the tips on helping that seedbank germinate this spring and early summer.

    We overseeded with winter peas, winter rye, and brassicas. The peas seemed to work their way through the teff residue better than the rye, so a better stand of those where the teff was thickest. Rye germinated and grew better on the thinner residue spots. Could have mowed it all low after last grazing to get better soil/seed contact, but wanted teff and crabgrass to set seed for this year. Will graze winter rye hard, then disk when wanting teff and crabgrass to germinate late spring. Thanks again for the tips to try, as we are new at this. Suggestions welcome!

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