Warm Season Improved Legumes
Warm season legumes that provide good quality forage and fix atmospheric nitrogen are lacking in the southeastern United States. Sericea lespedeza is the most useful warm season perennial legume although it is considered an invasive plant in parts of the country. Another perennial species is alfalfa, a cool season legume growing throughout the summer. Alfalfa, however, is usually not grown for meat goats due to establishment costs and lack of persistence. Perennial peanut is also an excellent warm season perennial forage, but it is adapted only to the lower coastal plains and is slow to establish. As a warm season annual legume of high quality, soybeans or cowpeas can be easily integrated into a summer forage grazing system.
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