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Find production tips on specialty or non-traditional forages – from cover crops to corn stover, and sorghums to small grains or brassicas.

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  • Many annual forages are good cover crops, right?
  • Improving soil health by planting annual forage cover crops is good, right?
  • Annual forage cover crops are good to graze or harvest, right?

Not so fast. What about nitrates?

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Wooded pastures need “health checkups” just like open pastures do, according to Keefe Keeley, an agroecology graduate student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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What is silvopasture?
For good communication, right understanding rests upon clear, agreed-upon definitions. Interestingly, it’s often easier (or even necessary) to define something by what it’s not rather than by what it is.

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Warm-season annual forages play a vital role in many grazing, haying and feeding operations across the country. We typically think of crops such as forage sorghums, sorghum-sudan crosses and the various millets to provide summer forage production needs in place of or as a complement to perennial forage systems.

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Kansas farmer Gail Fuller (near Emporia) experimented with no-till farming during the 1980s. Later he started grazing cover crops with cattle. During the past few years he has also been experimenting with pasture cropping.

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Summer annual forage grasses often are an important part of many hay, silage and pasture plans. Sudans and sorghums can produce much forage even under dry growing conditions. However, these forages tend to be more stemmy and less digestible than many cattle and cattle producers prefer.

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