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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.


Conservation of forage during the growing season for deferred use is a common production practice for cattle enterprises.

Pasture forage production is not always adequate to meet cow intake or nutrient requirements.

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Dairy producers have expressed interest in feeding corn as Shredlage.

At the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Randy Shaver has been conducting feeding trials to see what makes it tick inside the cow. He shared his results with those looking to put up feed for dairies at the Vita Plus Custom Harvester Meeting, Feb. 19 in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Bermudagrass was the star of the show during the 2012 American Forage and Grassland Council’s (AFGC) national tour in northwest Arkansas.

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Bermudagrass is a warm-season perennial grass grown in many areas of the U.S. and throughout the world. In comparison to cool-season grasses, bermudagrass has higher concentrations of fiber and lignin, which reduces digestible and potential energy content.

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Forage brassicas can be used to extend grazing seasons if they are planted in late July to mid-August.

The term “brassica” covers turnip, kale, forage rape and swede, and brassicas are cool-season annuals that have high protein (15 to 20 percent crude protein) and digestibility (65 to 80 percent).

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What does a landowner do when it’s time to convert a field out of fescue and establish a new forage species or an endophyte-friendly fescue?

According to Tim Schnakenberg, an agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension, the best way to eliminate fescue is to take it out of production by planting a row crop like corn or soybeans for at least one season.

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