we seem to grow a bigger percentage of our forage as green feed every year. the tonnage (and consistency of tonnage) compared to older dryland hay stands is pretty considerable. plus its pretty sweet baling in cropland vs those bouncy old hayfields. can roll up close to 200 bales a day. crimping through the haybine sure helps with drydown and bale density, but do lose a few leaves and grain kernels.
have been doing some winter wheat (we spring graze to take some pressure off the pasture and then cut the regrowth) and then do some HRSW. the best tonnage wise is always the 40 or 50 ac where we do a mix to use up all the treated seed from the spring and will have durum / HRSW / peas / lentils. peas probably have the longest dry down.
I like HRSW for a couple reasons - I have an awnless variety (less lump jaw), I am not having to clean a drill out and do another crop switch, and if you cut at the milk stage the whole plant is very palatable compared to a rye or triticale. probably the best disease resistance too. wouldn't think that an issue in green feed but a few years back had a lot less toxin that other options. but giving up on some tonnage. We use a bale shredder and cutting green like we do the cows clean it up really well with low wastage. TDN has been 60-63 over last few years.
always a good idea to feed test green feed bales for a couple reasons - nitrates and mycotoxins, but also for calcium levels. annual forage can be quite a bit lower than grass / alfalfa, sometimes end up having to feed some hay in later gestation to keep calcium in line vs all green feed.
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