The Purdue University extension Forage Field Guide has been revised to give you better insight into current forage issues.

"The revised field guide has been enhanced and is more complete," says Keith Johnson, Purdue University extension forage specialist. "It has more improved photos, a greater number of recommendations and a couple of new sections as compared to the first one published five years ago."

The field guide offers general information on forage types, soil testing, fertilizer and liming, establishment, weed control, insect management, diseases, livestock nutrition, harvest and storage.

"Although the guide doesn't cover in-depth solutions to specific problems, it helps producers identify concerns and gives them information for solutions," Johnson says. "It is a greater in-field resource."

New additions to the forage field guide include sections on making bale silage, new herbicide choices and pasture rental rate decisions, and photos of forage seeds.

"Bale silage is more common now than it was five years ago, so we wanted to make sure farmers had the most current information," Johnson adds. "Pasture rental value is a common question in the spring. There are many equations that calculate pasture rent value. Values may be based on a per-acre basis, per-head of livestock and have incentive payments for excellent animal production."

The guide is available for preorder through Purdue Extension: The Education Store by calling (888) 398-4636. The publication will be available in June. The cost is $7 per guide and discounts are available on larger orders.

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Source: Purdue University