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
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.
Standing on the shoulders of giants. Giants with dirt under their nails
Location: Central Texas zone 8a, 800 chill hours 28 blessed inches of rain
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.
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: