Forages are an important part of dairy diets.
In episode #159 of the Purdue “Dairy Digest” podcast series, Purdue agronomist Keith Johnson talks about preparing for the upcoming forage season.
"Evaluating the wellbeing of the forage crop is critical to a successful dairy," Johnson says. He shares these recommendations:
- Scout hay acreage weekly.
- Avoid grazing forage plants to a height of less than 4 inches.
- As you scout fields, monitor weeds, insects and disease concerns.
- If herbicides are used to control weeds, be aware of harvest restrictions and crop production intervals.
- Monitor insect populations to determine if their numbers warrant control measures.
- Fungicide use is typically not a best-management practice for forages. Select varieties with resistance to disease instead.
Learn more in episode #159 “Forage Stands” here.
Source: Purdue Dairy Digest