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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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Forage is a vital resource for a livestock operation. It is a cheap source of feed for grazing animals and the best way to stay economically viable. The basis of any successful livestock grazing system is learning to manage the forage or pasture within environmental limitations, grower skills and knowledge.

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Drought and its effects are often part of growing corn. Although we can do little to influence the weather, we can make management decisions that minimize the impact of the drought on the utilization of the crop.

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Timing the final alfalfa cutting before mid-September offers regrowth opportunities to reduce the risk of winter injury, say experts at Pioneer Hi-Bred.

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In a July 15 blog posting, Connor Marketing, Inc pointed out a valuable tool from the University of Wisconsin - a silage pile density calculator:

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How short a pasture should be grazed or cut is one of the key factors in grazing and forage management, and one entirely under your control. How much forage can be grazed or cut affects the quality and quantity, and the persistence of the forage plant.

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Multi-species grazing is the practice of using two or more species of livestock together or separately on the same land in a specific growing season.

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