alternative forages, dairy cattle, soybeans, sunflowers, oilseed crops
Oilseed crops such as soybeans and sunflowers may be harvested for forage when you have decided that dry conditions have shrunk their oilseed yield below your economic threshold for seed harvest or when you face a shortage of roughage. These alternative forages can help stretch your usual forages, whose yield most likely is also compromised under dry conditions. How you will harvest alternative crops for forage depends on the individual crop and its stage of maturity.
Garcia, Alvaro, "Alternative Forages for Dairy Cattle: Soybeans and Sunflowers" (2006). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 121.
Updated January 2006.