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Forage Types

Hay, silage and pasture is your business, and it's our focus. Take your operation to the next level with the help of our comprehensive and practical information, education and technology about various forage types.

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Using tillable acres to provide feed for cattle while still harvesting a cash crop is becoming a popular goal for producers. A growing question from farmers is, “What options do I have for producing forage in the off-season?” In the Midwest, the most popular choices are cereal rye, triticale and wheat.

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Grab a bag of grass or clover seed at your local supplier, and that seed likely has an origin in Oregon. In fact, around 90 percent of all the cool-season forage seeds used in the U.S. originate from the Willamette River Valley south of Portland.

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The use of summer annuals is nothing new to most U.S. producers. In fact, these products have been used with great success in forage production and as cover crops for decades.

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Here’s the problem: Summer annuals were providing great forage, but in Tim Willis’ and Robbie Tate’s low ground, there were just too many issues. There was standing water at times, floods at others, just not an easy place to grow forage – especially annuals.

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Growers’ opinions matter. It’s priceless information because it comes from boots-on-the-ground, multi-year experience.

In alfalfa production, input about what farmers are looking for in a product is critical for seed companies to help create the next generation of varieties.

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Your small grains may already be in the ground, but manage aggressively to maximize their cover crop and feeding capabilities.

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