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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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Baled silage is becoming more and more popular in the U.S. as the preferred method to preserve the nutritional feed value of an ensiled crop.

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

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Other than johnsongrass, I can’t think of any forage that has an equal number of pros and cons listed in its bio. In addition, producers are equally dispersed when discussing the ‘love-hate’ attributes of this grass.

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Intense livestock grazing over a relatively short period of time can benefit rangelands, according to a study published by Idaho State University researchers.

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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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