Forage Production

Forage Focus: The quality/quantity of hay

The last few issues have had information about making hay, and yes hay making season has already begun for some Ohio farmers this year. Timely harvest of forage is critical to maintain high quality feeds. The last few years, frequent rain events during much of the spring delayed beginning of hay harvest until the middle of June for many producers. FULL STORY »

Managing stand losses in alfalfa fields

After the long frigid winter followed by cold wet spring, there is much concern about potential winterkill in alfalfa stands. After a slow start to the growing season, we are now seeing the extent of alfalfa winterkill. FULL STORY »

Forage Focus: Hay making strategies

On Monday, May 12, I was out in a pasture field and noticed some orchardgrass seed heads beginning to emerge. The appearance of seed heads is associated with increasing fiber content and decreased forage quality. FULL STORY »

New York trial: Tall fescue silage as good as alfalfa silage

Cornell University research has shown that tall fescue silage used in a well-balanced dairy ration can produce as much milk per cow as alfalfa silage. FULL STORY »

Ask the Silage Dr: Dry inoculants

“I’ve been using dry inoculants for years since they’re easy-to-use. Recently, my forage came back from the lab with an abnormally high pH. FULL STORY »

Manage corn plants’ season-long nitrogen needs

New research into nitrogen (N) use by corn plants may change the way growers think about N management practices. FULL STORY »

MU Extension guide on forage irrigation systems available

University of Missouri Extension has released a guide for farmers thinking about using a forage irrigation system. FULL STORY »

More uses for corn forage: Grazing, baling, silage

NDSU’s Dickinson Research Center told producers unharvested forage corn can now be used for grazing livestock late last year, but that’s not where its uses stop. FULL STORY »

Ask before seeding a new forage stand

In order to reap the benefits of what you sow, there are a few questions you should ask in regards to seeding a new forage. Identifying weed issues prior to planting is vital as is knowing the soil conditions and your timeline for your forage stand. FULL STORY »

Choosing the right inoculant

Numerous inoculants exist in the marketplace today, each claiming to have various benefits. How do you know which type is right for your operation? FULL STORY »

Are cover crops in your forage supply?

The topic of cover crops has been getting lots of discussion. Cover crops are not new but we are certainly looking more at their benefits in recent years. FULL STORY »

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