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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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“All things in moderation” is a mantra that applies to many things in life. Most of us like sugar, but we probably shouldn’t let it be the majority of our diet. Ruminants are no different.

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The words rye and ryegrass cause much confusion. Rye (Secale cereale) typically refers to the cereal or small grain plant. It produces a grain with strong flavors and colors. Flour made from it is used to make rye breads. Recently, rye has become popular as a forage crop.

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The year 2013 saw abundant moisture for many forage producers, especially in the southeastern states. As I traveled throughout much of the region, many forage stands were lush and green.

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With extreme weather patterns reducing available forage and driving up demand for hay in the past couple years, many ranchers are turning to planting numerous types of grasses in their pastures.

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Sorghums grown as forages include sorghum-sudangrass, forage sorghum and grain sorghum hybrids. Sorghum-sudangrass hybrids are used mainly for pasture or hay.

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My family has been farming for five generations and over a century in Oregon’s South Willamette Valley, aka the “Grass Seed Capital of the World.”

We know grass seed. We have been growing varieties of fescue, annual and perennial ryegrass seed for over half of that century.

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