Dusk on the Sudan: Kansas style: Dust hangs in the air as the great beast moves across the landscape and the sun sinks into the western sky. There are no camels in sight.
But some other mammals are going to appreciate our sudan crop, come wintertime.
|August 4, 2015|
He got the last of the sudan crop baled last Tuesday evening.
the silage we harvested October 3. So it doesn't have as much protein or carbohydrate as the silage. Randy prefers to use it for mature cows rather than feeder cattle. Cows don't have as high a nutrient requirement as feeder cattle.
So why plant and harvest yet another, different feed for our cattle? (We also raise alfalfa for our cattle.) During a four-month hay feeding season, a 1,200-pound cow will consume approximately 30 pounds of hay each day. This means that each cow will require between three and four round bales weighing at least 1,100 pounds.
Randy plants a brown midrib variety of sudan, which is more palatable to cattle because it's a little sweeter.
During the 2015 production year, we baled just under 1,000 bales of alfalfa and sudan. It will make for good eating for the cows this winter.