I planted two forages for a pig pasture this spring which are new to me. I’m very pleased with the forage peas. I’m not happy with the sorghum-sudangrass, but don’t feel I utilized it correctly.
I no-till planted both into last year’s pig pasture on April 23rd. I used my single-disc John Deere grain drill, which is not considered a no-till drill, but works great when the ground is mallow in the spring. I planted about 25 lbs to the acre for each.
Above you can see what most of the pasture looks like. Three-foot high forage peas growing thickly. The warm-season sorghum-sudangrass has been overpowered by the cool-season peas.
Below you can see an open area where each plant is growing side by side. The sorghum-sudangrass is thriving here. It looks like corn. The pea is the green and white leaf on the left.
The sorghum-sudangrass is called Surpass BMR 6, and is from Lacrosse Seeds. I can’t even find the forage pea on their website. It’s safe to say the pea did better, but I believe it’s all in how I used them.
Planting them together and early in the spring is an advantage for the peas, and the results bear witness. I shouldn’t have planted them together, but I wanted to try both plants and wasn’t sure I would have another spot to plant in this year. Waiting another year is just too much.
I also think the sorghum-sudangrass would have like to have been planted deeper, but no-till into mallow ground worked great for the pea. On a side note, Buckwheat no-tills very well in the spring, although it is not supposed to tolerate frost.
I couldn’t resist including the photo below with my model sow amongst the purple and red flowers of alfalfa and red clover. The sow was pictured last September as a gilt with her beautiful litter. She has large, erect ears, which make it seem as if everything is exciting to her. Maybe everything is.
There’s that often-repeated saying, “As happy as a pig in clover.” Did she seem happy . . . ? (Do pigs seem to smile. . . ?)