Forage Oats

Oats are a high energy crop that will survive down to 22 degrees F. They can mature in 60 days from emergence.  They work well as dry hay, oatlage, or pasture.  

Oats are not very tolerant to heat or dry weather.  

  • For a cover crop seed at 1 bu/acre (32 lbs) 
  • For a forage crop seed at 3 bu/ac (96 lb/ac).  

Oats mix well with turnips, peas, or triticale. They need 30 to 50 lbs/acre of actual N.



Appin Forage Turnips

Appin forage turnip was bred to provide multiple grazings and for fast, vigorous establishment with quick maturity (50 – 80 days). It is firmly anchored in the ground for minimum wastage.

Appin has a significantly higher proportion of leaf yield compared to other turnip varieties and is multi-crowned for improved re-growth potential. Its high leaf-to-bulb ratio results in a very leafy crop with high digestibility. The tops on Appin have tested as high as 30% CP with a RFV of over 340.

Many producers have grazed Appin 4-6 times per season by utilizing proper grazing and fertility management practices.

Seed Appin at 2-5 lbs/acre.  Do not plant a pure stand.  Consider feeding low quality hay when grazing turnips.  Cattle will use the low quality hay to regulate the passage rate of the lush turnip forage.

Notable Characteristics

  • Bred for Grazing
  • High leaf yield
  • Excellent re-growth potential
  • Firmly anchored bulb for minimum wastage
  • Club-root tolerant
  • Good frost resistance

Appin Forage Turnips


Tri-Feast Forage Mix

Tri-Feast consists of:

Tri-Feast Forage Mix is a mixture of Fall Triticale and Feast II Short Rotation Ryegrass. It is designed to increase forage tonnage and high quality forage fast. It will overwinter for a spring flush.

Seed at 100-120 lbs/acre





N-Vest Forager Mix

N-Vest® Forager Mix is a combination of Oats, Winter Rye, and Forage Turnips. Forager Mix is an excellent choice for aerial application into standing row crops. The oats and turnips grow the fastest in the fall and the rye is available
for grazing over the winter and spring.

Benefits of Forager Mix

  • Provides excellent feed for cattle
    • Cattle gained 3.5#/day weight gain in Illinois tests on Forager Mix
  • Produces deep roots
  • Scavenges Nitrogen

N-Vest Forager Mix

Bruiser Annual Ryegrass

Bruiser Annual Ryegrass on the right - no winter kill

Developed though extensive efforts by Dr. Gordon Prine (University of Florida) in conjunction with Dr. Jerry Baker (the Noble Foundation), BRUISER was selected through a six cycle breeding program for disease resistance and cold tolerance. BRUISER is a late maturing, widely adapted diploid annual ryegrass with the added benefits of disease resistance to crown rust resistant, some gray leaf spot resistance as well as helminthosporium leaf spot resistance, and it is tolerant to cold temperatures.

Notable Characteristics

  • LATE Maturity
  • High Feed Quality
  • Excellent Palatability/Digestibility
  • Gray Leaf Spot Resistance

Annual Ryegrass

MilkMaker Triticale/Pea Mixture

MilkMaker Triticale/Pea Mixture is composed of a soft-leaved triticale (for improved palatability) and a true forage pea for improved tonnage and quality. MilkMaker is a 50/50 mix. The smaller seed size on the forage pea will allow for more peas in the field, assuring greater opportunity for improved forage quality.

Plant 100-120 pounds per acre and harvest MilkMaker approximately 60 days after planting (when peas start to bloom). 

MilkMaker Triticale/Pea Mix

Other Fall Forage from CISCO

  • Partner Pea/Oat Mix 
  • Udder Filler Forage Mix