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Planting Dates

Warm Season Legumes Planting Dates
Alyceclover May - June
Lezpedeza>Korean February - March
Striate February - March
Cowpea April - July
Perennial Peanut January - March
Sericea Lezpedeza March - May
Soybean May - June
Velvetbean February - March

Cool Season Legumes Planting Dates
Alfalfa August - September
Arrowleaf Clover September - November
Ball Clover August - October
Berseem Clover August - October
Birdsfoot Trefoil August - September
Black Medic September - October
Button Clover September - October
Caley Pea September - October
Chicory September - October
Crimson Clover August - October
Large/Small Hop Clover September
Lappa Clover September - October
Persian Clover September - October
Red Clover September - October
Rose Clover September - October
Southern Burclover September - October
Subterranean Clover August
Sweetclover March - April
Vetch September - October
White Clover September - October
Winter Pea September - October

Cool Season Grasses Planting Dates
Annual Ryegrass September - October
Orchardgrass August - September
Matua Bromegrass August - September
Reed Canarygrass August - September
Small Grains August - September
Tall Fescue September - October

Warm Season Grasses Planting Dates
Bahiagrass March - April
Bermudagrass February - April
Big Bluestem March - May
Browntop Millet April - July
Carpetgrass March - April
Cuacasian Bluestem May
Crabgrass March - May
Dallisgrass March - April
Eastern Grammagrass April - May
Foxtail Millet May - July
Johnsongrass April -
Pearl Millet April - May and June - July
Sorghum May - June
Sudangrass May - June
Switchgrass March - August
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A single caterpillar rests on a blade of grass.
Filed Under: Insects-Forage Pests, Management - Forages, Insects-Home Lawns, Insects-Pests August 11, 2021

Lawns, pastures and even winter food plots are at risk as an insect army advances across much of the state in higher than normal numbers. Blake Layton, entomologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said fall armyworms are the most damaging insect pests of bermudagrass hayfields and pastures

A closeup of signal grass blades shows grayish areas from armyworm damage.
Filed Under: Grasses, Insects-Forage Pests, Management - Forages August 1, 2019

Mississippi forage producers can grow a bountiful crop, but they are fighting wet weather and pests to harvest all of it.

Rocky Lemus, forage and grazing specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said hay harvest is about 5% behind where it was this time last year.

Filed Under: Forages, Management - Forages, Weed Control for Forages March 12, 2018

An afternoon field day will help livestock producers learn about the latest research related to forage production.

Four people pose for a photo with the award presented to the Mississippi State University Extension Service for its support of the Wildflower Trails of Mississippi Project.
Filed Under: Agriculture, Forages, Grasses, Management - Forages, Natural Resources, Environment February 2, 2018

RAYMOND, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service recently received a national award from Keep America Beautiful for its role in the Wildflower Trails of Mississippi Project.

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Portrait of Dr. Rocky Lemus
Extension/Research Professor
Grazing Systems, hay production, forage fertility, forage quality and utilization, alfalfa productio
Portrait of Dr. Brett Rushing
Assoc Ext/Res Prof & Fac Coord
Native grasses, forages, grazing management, conservation crops, biofuel crops