short-season crops, grazing season, livestock
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
The use of short-season crops, such as turnips, is effective for extending the grazing season, following the harvest of small grains. A system of double cropping works particularly well if the intent is to provide a break in crop rotation. Turnips, which are in the brassica family, are fast growing and tolerate cold temperatures. Therefore, they are good for providing high quality and quantity forage for grazing livestock well into the fall (Figure 1).
Smart, Alexander; Jeranyama, Peter; and Owens, Vance, "The Use of Turnips for Extending the Grazing Season" (2004). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 66.