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Forage Production

Whether you graze, chop, ensile, bag or bale forage, we offer practical information for your hay, silage and pasture needs.

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Andy Anderson of Okolona, Mississippi, has developed a cheaper, simpler way to distribute round bales.

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The most important and least appreciated component of most farm operations is the organic matter in the soil. Some folks will read that first sentence, roll their eyes and stop reading.

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Incorporating small grains offers many benefits for forage production; however, not all small-grain species are equal when it comes to forage production. There are substantial differences in terms of seasonality, cold tolerance and the ability of the species to be incorporated into existing cropping systems.

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Georgia hay producers Ricky Roper and Alan Verner are taking advantage of the benefits of applying poultry litter to their hayfields. According to University of Georgia researchers, poultry litter is commonly used on north Georgia pastures and hayfields.

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The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia sits squarely in the fescue belt. As an extension agent, I hear a lot about fescue toxicosis from the academic side, but rarely does it make its way into the real-world conversations I hear in the field.

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One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. A lot of people refer to the inevitable byproduct of poultry production as the black plague, but if one wants to build soil fertility on the cheap, poultry litter is black gold. The wise would say it has its advantages and its disadvantages, and one would do well to know about each.

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