Perennial Peanut Hay

"Florida's Alfalfa"

The Perennial Peanut is a high-quality, persistent tropical forage legume which can be grazed or fed to horses, dairy and beef cattle, hogs, goats, sheep and rabbits. It can be stored as dry hay or silage, and is an ideal substitute for alfalfa. It can even be used in residential and commercial landscaping.

Perennial peanut is well-adapted to dry, sandy soils, and has the potential to persist indefinitely. Perennial peanut is planted using rhizomes, or underground stems, dug from a nursery planting. It does not require nitrogen fertilizer as do traditional grasses and it does not require pesticides for the control of insects or disease. Typical yields in Florida range from 3-6 tons/acre per year.

Call Meg Brew at the Lake County Extension Office at (352) 343-4101 or email her at horsygrl@ufl.edu for more information about this agriculture opportunity and visit the resources below.