The cool season region relies on cool season grasses as its base. Growers should establish the best-adapted improved varieties of soft leaf fescue (STF-43); winter hardy perennial ryegrass (BG-24T) or late maturing orchardgrass (HLR). Pinpoint products deliver additional forage during the summer, fall or early winter shortages.
Cool season grass growth can slow down under high summer temperatures and lead to forage shortages. Warm season grasses such as Moxie teff or Mojo crabgrass can be sown in late spring to prepare for these shortfalls. High energy forage such as Barsica rape or T-Raptor hybrid rape can also be sown to fill the gaps from summer slump in cool season grasses.
Barkant turnips can be sown in late summer to fill the forage gap when cool season grasses shut down due to low temperatures in early winter. Barkant turnips produce a large tankard bulb; 75% of it is below ground and stores well for late fall and winter grazing. T-Raptor hybrid rape forms a smaller bulb for winter but provides multiple grazing from the above ground foliage in late fall.
Green Spirit ryegrass can be sown in the spring.