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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.


An electronic forage moisture tester can be a very useful tool when baling hay.

There are several different types of testers on the market.

Some testers require a small sample of chopped material for testing, while others measure moisture content with a probe.

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Interpreting forage analysis reports is a two-part process. You must first understand the basic terminology and meaning of the important components of the report.

Then you must evaluate each forage’s ability to produce a desired level of animal performance when it is consumed.

To be useful, a forage analysis report should be based on a representative sample from a single “lot” of hay. (A “lot” is hay from one field which has been cut, handled, baled and stored under uniform conditions.)

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Franzen said, “If biological diversity is declining, if topsoil is eroding, if water resources are being depleted or an increase of inputs challenges solvency, the system is not sustainable.” This is as true today as it was 50 years ago, perhaps more so.

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Though many warm-season grass pastures are dormant this time of year, the extended drought has reduced normal forage production somewhere near 70 percent of the usual seasonal total.

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Springtime excessive rainfall followed by summertime drought means Pennsylvania dairy producers are facing big challenges in corn silage production that extend beyond a decrease in its nutritional value.

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A dairy nutritionist could be your best resource when planning silage harvest. That’s because the ultimate goal at harvest is to make sure the forage you take out of the field has the highest possible feeding value.

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