Summer Annual Grasses

You can plant summer annuals when the soil temperatures reach 60 degrees. They respond well to nitrogen and will produce a lot of feed during the summer months. 

Sweet Six BMR Dry Stalk


  • BMR 6

  • Dry stalk

  • Best Sorghum Sudangrass option for dry hay

  • High seeding rates = small stem diameter

  • Rapid growth, good double crop option

  • 45 – 55 days to first cut

  • Cut at 35 - 45” height

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Below are 5 pictures of Sweet Six, no-tilled July 27. Chicken litter was applied post planting with glyphosate being sprayed pre-plant to control purslane and chickweed. Pictures were taken August 22.

Sweet Forever BMR

  • Will not set a head until September, when there is less than 12 hours 17 minutes of daylight

  • Photoperiod sensitive

  • Won’t get over-mature because of weather

  • Maintains quality with extended harvest

  • Matures 55-60 days; slower than Sweet Six

  • Use for rotational grazing

  • Good for grazing, silage, and balage

  • Can be used as a delayed, one cut sorghum sudangrass

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Super Sugar (Delayed Maturity)

  • Conventional Sorghum Sudan

  • Delayed maturity = 90 days before heading

  • High TDN and CP for conventional

  • Good for 1 to 4 cuttings

  • Very high yields

  • Inexpensive

  • Great cover crop

  • ½ price of BMR SSG

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Silo-Pro Brachytic Dwarf BMR  

  • Brachytic Dwarf

  • BMR 6

  • Short plants (6-7’), lots of leaves

  • Great standability

  • High quality silage

  • 1/3 N, 1/3 less water than corn

  • 20-25 t/ac yield

95 days to soft dough (chop)

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Teff Grass

Teff is a warm season annual that makes excellent dry hay.  

In 45-60 days after emergence, it can yield two plus tons per acre of dry matter.  It can make very soft, fine stemmed hay. Many farmers utilize it for horse hay.  

It likes to be planted into 68F or warmer soil.  Teff needs a very firm seedbed to ensure good germination.  Many producers struggle with teff because they plant it too deep or the soil is too loose.  At CISCO we joke about selling a basketball with teff seed.  If you can’t dribble the basketball, then the seedbed is not firm enough.  This is a great analogy.

Teff responds very well to nitrogen fertilization.  A split of 50-70 lb/A at seeding, and 30-40 lb/A after each harvest will provide excellent yields.

For planting guidelines, see our Seeding Information Guide