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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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While farming in the ‘North’ brings the benefits of growing some of the best forages like alfalfa and cool-season grasses, it also carries the weight of fall decisions that will ‘make or break’ your profit due to risks of winterkill.

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Someone once said, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” That may be a fitting adage to describe the newest old idea for managing native grass pastures. Beginning in the 1990s, a group of range scientists at Oklahoma State began exploring an approach to managing pastures based on the interaction of fire and grazing.

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Alfalfa isn’t always an obvious choice for hay growers, particularly in areas where other forages like fescue grow cheaply and easily. In cases like that, the value of growing alfalfa isn’t always an obvious choice, but after investigation, it easily becomes an economic choice.

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September is probably the most critical month for alfalfa’s stand health and next year’s yield. Alfalfa will be in an energy-deficit situation after cutting until it reaches 6 to 8 inches in height.

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AT-A-GLANCE: In an effort to create additional silage tonnage and supplement nitrogen, a Montana producer sows soybeans into silage corn.

Raising soybeans in corn silage – it’s a little unconventional, but who can argue with success?

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Have you thought about planting cover crops this year, but don’t know where to start?

As more and more farmers experiment with cover crops for the first time, a number of questions come up. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions I hear.

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