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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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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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Garnering much recent interest by dairy producers and their nutritionists has been a new method of harvesting whole-plant corn for silage.

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Wisconsin farmers have been growing biomass for generations, says Kevin Shinners. They just have a different name for it.

"Biomass is really just poor-quality forage," says the UW-Madison agricultural engineer. "We allow it to get very mature and it's really high in fiber, so it doesn't make very good animal feed, but it makes great biomass."

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Occasionally there are times when the production from cool-season grass and legume pasture is not sufficient.

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