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This coming spring I will be putting in sunn hemp and mung bean in a small pasture to experiment.  Has anyone had practical experience with mung bean as forage?  
 
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Why wait till next spring, when you could still plant this summer warm season crops, plus do cool season crops this fall. Don't forget Silver River Sweet Clover, is a new release from A&M, for cool season mixes in your area. Hear is a link that may help get you started.
Mung beans, clay cow peas and Sudan grasses
http://www.sodbasedfarming.com/index_files/Page472.htm
 
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I think you need to be very strict to prevent overgrazing. I have had some great success with Aeschynomene with some intense deer pressure. It takes a beating and has reseeded which I think it wasn't supposed to. Cowpeas are great for shading, and cheap but they have not been durable. I am using them on new areas I have cleared. But where they are grazed they don't do much at all. I have not had the same productivity from sunn hemp. So far the Aeschynomene has been great. In texas heat and dryness sunn hemp might prevail. Regular hemp is also a great plant if the DEA doesn't crush you. I am thinking of getting my license just to grow it for forage, its only $40 here in VA.

 
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R. Steele,

Thank you for the link.  Good information.  In regard to this season planting, I am afraid I have a ways to go before I get my mesquite thicket ready for planting.  While I am working on it, I do have some areas I would like to plant to know what I like.

TJ,

Yes.  part of the problem I have is the property was bulldozed and half assed swaled several years back.  Then it was not completed, rented out on a grazing lease, and severally abused.  I bought it and it was a mess.  I have been slowly working to a master plan; but it takes time.  More info here:

https://permies.com/t/117237/Bacterial-Fungal-dominated-soil

 
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