Does anyone have experience planting & harvesting Teff Grass for forage production?
There’s a guy in my area that does teff but it never looks very good and is always full of weeds. He still swears by it and says it’s awesome feed for horses. South Central Nebraska
The protein content is supposed to be amazing for horses or high quality dairy...just haven't had experience with it yet. Thanks!
I think I saw you at F2F and meant to come introduce myself. What part of NE are you from?
He had couple hundred acres in my area N Illinois.
We seeding about 40 acres of teff every year the last 3 years with good luck except for this year our luck ran little short. Its a little tricky to get started but if a good stand can be established under irrigation we get 3 cuttings. Very quickly drys down being its so fine stemmed so its actually very fun and fast to put up. The problem we ran into this year is the rain kept pushing us of so that the teff headed out so that automatically brought down the feed value. we got lots of tons but low quality. Normally Teff is a very high quality hay. Hope this helps.
Thanks for the information! Going to be putting it on about 70 acres of dryland and have a horse barn that wants it, so here's hoping for a good season - how do you seed it? Do you work the ground before and then pack it before and after?
Getting a solid stand if by far the hardest part of teff. It is really small seed so I’d say plant it like you would alfalfa. If your soils need to be packed to maintain a shallow depth I’d pack it
We tried it a couple times for horse hay couldn’t get many people who wanted it and ones who did buy it didn’t buy it a second time . We are looking at trying some black oats this year . Never grew them before we grow a little of regular oats for hay but gonna try the black oats to try to work on some nematodes
Where are you located?
seed Bed is important
We did some:
***** worked ground
9300 amp air box followed
Grass seeding drill seeded
Both worked but second established much faster
We have grown between 40-80 acres the last two years and have had some success in the big bale market. However a neighbor who does all 2 twine little bales sells it to horse owners like crazy for more than premium alfalfa. I would be nervous to go larger than we already are into it, but we also experimented with double cropping it last year after forage winter barley and pulled some good ideas from that.
South West Idaho
Are these continuous year-after-year plantings on the same ground (like alfalfa) or done in a crop rotation?
The last two years it has been a rotation typically the field is taken out of alfalfa, planted into teff, then we get two cutting then work the field and put it back into alfalfa. Our neighbor though has some ground he plants year after year and some of it it rotated between corn, teff and either radish or lettuce seed.