Prairie Creek Seed warm-season annuals are selected for optimum yield and excellent nutrition for the upper Midwest and western regions. All of our warm-season annuals are rated for end uses such as silage, dry hay and grazing. We are dedicated to providing you the best options to fit your production needs. We are here to help you select the best warm-season annuals that will meet your particular needs.
BMR 6 Forage Sorghum
FS 1085 the earliest maturing BMR6 forage sorghum on the market. This forage sorghum has a package to suit the majority of conditions in the northern United States and surrounding regions. The BMR6 marker that ensures the very best digestibility while providing top yields and quality. It is recommended to keep this variety north of the I-70 corridor with the exception of areas of higher elevation. With less seed costs per acre, lower nitrogen rates, less water usage, and heat and drought tolerance makes FS1085 an attractive option to compliment corn silage on tougher soils and growing conditions.
BMR 6 Forage Sorghum
FS 1095 is a shorter earlier version of the BMR forage sorghums. Under most conditions, it will yield with the fuller season hybrids and has improved standability. Our choice of hybrids under dryland conditions, or where a shorter season hybrid is desired. The increase in standability is an advantage under all conditions. The BMR trait has significantly lower lignin levels for improved palatability and digestibility increasing milk and beef production. With less seed costs per acre, lower nitrogen rates, less water usage, and heat and drought tolerance makes FS 1095 an attractive option to compliment corn silage on tougher soils and growing conditions.
Sterile Forage Sorghum
FS 1105S is a 105-day sterile forage sorghum. As a sterile plant, FS 1105S will accumulate more sugars and not produce starch in the seed head. FS 1105S is a great product for those who want a quality no starch from grain forage. This forage sorghum contains the BMR6 marker, giving you assurance that as a BMR product it will have the very best digestibility while still providing top yields and quality. Prairie Creek Seed recommends that this variety should be planted from Iowa south to ensure an adequate growing season. With less seed cost per acre, lower nitrogen rates, less water usage, plus heat and drought tolerance makes FS 1105S an attractive option for a one-cut forage crop.
SD 3010 is a BMR sudangrass that is very palatable and high in quality. Sudangrass will have an advantage in forage quality over Sorghum X Sudangrass, and recovers after grazing and cutting quicker. This is an advantage for the upper Midwest, where summer annuals are utilized for forage. In areas where only two or three cuttings are expected, sudangrass will yield more than Sorghum X Sudangrass. Sudangrass has a better possibility of making dry hay in dry climates at a higher seeding rate.
SD 3020 is a medium-maturing BMR sudangrass. SD 3020 has dry stalk characteristics and will dry faster than other sudangrass hybrids. This sets SD 3020 apart for making baleage and possibly dry hay in appropriate areas. Both quality and fast establishment make sudangrass superior to their counterparts, Sorghum X Sudangrass, in the upper Midwest and northern Plains. SD 3020 will work best in areas that only graze or cut summer forage two to three times during the growing season.
Sorghum X Sudangrass
SS 2010 is a very high-yielding Sorghum X Sudangrass that is fast to grow and quick to recover from cutting or grazing. Hybrid Sorghum X Sudangrass with its exceptional palatability and the addition of the brown midrib gene has shown marked reduction of lignin content in the plant. Lignin is the component of the cell walls that is generally regarded as the primary factor limiting the extent of forage fiber digestion. SS 2010 is best suited for chopping or grazing.
Sorghum X Sudangrass
The newest generation of BMR Sorghum X Sudan hybrids with the Brachytic Dwarf trait. This trait shortens the internode length, producing a short statured, high leaf-to-stem ratio. Even though the plant is shorter than other hybrids, it will produce equal or higher tonnage. With shortened internodes, it also allows closer cutting or grazing height. SS 2020 is best suited for chopping or grazing.
PCS 6010 is teff which is classified as a warm-season annual cereal crop that can be harvested multiple times during the growing season. PCS 6010 can be grazed or harvested as dry hay or silage. Teff produces high-quality forage with good yields in a short growing season. Originally a grain crop for human consumption, teff has proven to be a very good forage for livestock. Teff is fine stemmed, leafy and soft, which lends to palatability. Teff is fast to establish and is resistant to both drought and soils that are water logged. It fills a variety of management needs. Teff works well as an emergency forage when the producer needs dry hay or wants to fill in weak spots in an existing hay field.
Cover Crop and Forage Blend
Summer blend is a very diverse blend of warm season grasses, summer legumes and brassicas. This blend of 6+ species is very diverse, enhancing soil biology which in turns promotes soil health and structure. Earlier plantings between late spring through late August will improve the grazing season or build a tremendous amount of forage or material to build soil organic matter (OM). All specie in the blend are likely to winterkill, so planting any time after soils rise above 60 degrees or until after small grains.
Wonderleaf is a bush-type hybrid pearl millet with high yield potential that is achieved very quickly, being only 62 days in the boot stage. Wonderleaf has a high level of tolerance to many pathogens and high humidity, but cannot tolerate standing surface water. Wonderleaf can be grown on as little as 16″ of water. However, greater tonnage will be produced with greater water availability. Wonderleaf bush-type plant stature means that the forage produced is virtually all leaves. This high leaf mass gives Wonderleaf high crude protein concentrations and high TDN values.
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