Dairying is recognized as one of the major farm enterprises in the Northwest. Over much of this area conditions for producing winter feeds are very favorable but moisture conditions are such that it is difficult to maintain satisfactory pastures for dairy cows during the summer months. Native pastures, where available, will carry the herd in a satisfactory manner for a short time in the spring but these pastures soon dry up and are unsatisfactory during a large part of the pasture season. These conditions make it necessary for dairymen in this region to rely on cultivated crops for summer pasture. Information concerning the relative productivity, dependability, length of grazing season and other factors having to do with pasture crops is needed. With a view of supplying information on these points the experiment was started in 1927.
alfalfa, sweet clover, sudan grass, dairy cows pasture, dairy nutrition
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts
Olson, T.M. and Robinson, B.L., "A Comparison of Alfalfa, Sweet Clover, and Sudan Grass as Pasture Crops for Dairy Cows" (1931). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 265.