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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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While perennial forage species are the backbone of most forage-based livestock systems, annual forages can supplement and complement the perennials to increase production of your operation.

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Producers are changing the way they value a corn crop. Fields that once yielded only grain and “trash” are now revered as the source of a valuable but under-used commodity: corn stover. Whether on the soil or in the barn, corn stover is a valuable resource on crop and livestock farms.

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When I talk about forage chicory, the first response from a lot of people is, “What? The roadside weed?”

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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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