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Forage Types

Hay, silage and pasture is your business, and it's our focus. Take your operation to the next level with the help of our comprehensive and practical information, education and technology about various forage types.

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Farmers can consider seeding an annual forage crop after their winter wheat, says a Purdue Extension forage specialist.

In Indiana, farmers typically seed a late crop of soybean after harvesting winter wheat, but sometimes, especially in the northern part of the state, the growing season is not long enough to accommodate both crops, Keith Johnson said. Carefully selected forage crops, which can be used for silage, hay and livestock grazing, are able to produce vegetative growth for harvest before the growing season ends.

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Growing conditions determine fiber digestibility, and the right combination of weather conditions make for an optimum silage crop, say experts at Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business.

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Summer often brings the appearance of ergot in fescue seed heads. Ergot also shows up in several cereal grains and other grasses.

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If you applied nitrogen or manure to your grass fields last month they should be starting to look thick and lush.

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Silo gas forms after chopped green forages are harvested, placed into storage and begin to ferment.

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Prussic acid poisoning can cause problems in cattle that consume sudangrass, sorghum-sudangrass hybrids and forage sorghums. Forage sorghums have the highest potential for prussic acid poisoning and sudangrasses have the lowest of the three forages.

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