Department of Animal Science


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Published in Nebraska Beef Cattle Report 2001, published by Agricultural Research Division, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, and Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Two-year forage trials showed higher dry matter yields for winter triticale than for winter wheat while forage qualities were similar. Likewise, a spring triticale cultivar had higher dry matter yields than spring barley or oat cultivars when harvested for forage after heading, and forage qualities were similar. In summer trials, dryland forage sorghum and sorghum x sudangrass hybrids had higher crude protein, digestibility and energy values than irrigated forages because they were not as mature. Lower lignin content and higher digestibility resulted when the brown midrib trait was present in forage sorghum or sorghum x sudangrass hybrids.