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Seed selection is only the beginning to a plentiful forage harvest; check out additional articles on soil testing, root development and timing to help you succeed.

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Last year, I had the opportunity to attend a talk on the “Forage Toolbox” by Dennis Hancock. It reminded me there is no one right way to have a forage program, but we should continually assess all the available tools in our toolbox and use them as and when necessary to achieve our production goals.

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Over-seeding clovers into poor producing or grass-dominated pastures by broadcast in late winter is a practice that has been done for years usually with some level of success. Adding legumes into pasture improves grazing quality and increases the forage amount that can be removed (up to a 50 to 100 percent increase in production when using legumes as a small percentage of the grass pasture). Introducing a legume into a grass pasture can also reduce the amount of applied nitrogen fertilizer since the legume will fix nitrogen and provide the existing grass with a substantial portion of the nitrogen these components need to grow.

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My father had a favorite saying: “You never have time to do it right, but you always find time to do it over.” The fact I remember this bit of fatherly advice may provide a clue as to how many times he told me.

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Cool-season grasses are important forage species for dairy and other livestock producers in all parts of the Midwest. These grasses offer the potential for moderate to high yields as well as high quality.

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Ag technology has become a critical component in determining the health, nutrient needs, yield and return on investment potential of corn and soybean crops.

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Tractor accidents are the leading cause of farm fatalities, with most occurring in the event of a rollover. Hence, pasture managers should be incredibly cautious when reseeding and interseeding pastures on slopes.

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