It's September and fall is fast approaching. The growing season is winding down, but from a forage-production standpoint, an active growing season still lies ahead. For much of the Noble Foundation's service area, the first hard freeze will occur about Nov. 24, which leaves a good 60 days of growing season for warm-season forages.

Favorable growing temperatures during this period are also accompanied by rain. Average rainfall in Carter County, OK, for August, September and October from 1971 to 2000 is 11.1 inches. Even with these conditions, hay feeding for some will begin at frost and continue until warm-season grasses green in the spring.

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