Summer cropping options

Summer crops can play an important part in dairy feed systems, especially as farmers work to grow as much home grown feed as possible. Options for summer crops will depend on the region you are in, soil moisture and your access to irrigation water.

Planning is important to get the best production from the investment you make in any crop. It is also important to purchase seed as early as you can to ensure supply.

Some options for summer crops depending on your location would include: maize, sorghum, millet, chicory and brassicas. For some quick spring feed annual or Italian ryegrass could be options.

Download the fact sheet for a step-by-step guide on planning your feedbase for your farm system and needs. 

Download the 'Planning your summer cropping' fact sheet