Dec. 27, 2016
Raising oats in the fall as forage for cattle is gaining popularity among dairy farmers.Wayne Coblentz, a USDA Agricultural Research Service dairy scientist in Marshfield, Wis., says that oats provide...

Dec. 20, 2016
The importance of supplementing low-quality forages or winter pastures with protein is backed by significant research data and farmer experience. However, protein supplements are often exp...

Dec. 13, 2016
Many producers plant annual forages during the summer for winter use. However, a decision has to be made on whether to bale the forage or graze it during winter.“Producers interested in grazing the...

Dec. 6, 2016
Winter is the ideal time to prepare for the upcoming grazing season.Performing key activities in the off-season, like summarizing production and grazing records, analyzing last year’s manageme...

Nov. 29, 2016
With pastures entering dormancy and cornstalk grazing underway, it will soon be time to start delivering supplemental feed to the herd. Often, hay is supplied in the form of large round bal...

Nov. 22, 2016
Figuring out how much fertilizer to use for forage grasses can be challenging. Applying more fertilizer than what is needed wastes money and causes excess runoff.“Fertilizer costs in forage producti...

Nov. 15, 2016
When calculating winter-feed needs for cattle, correctly estimating hay or standing forage intake is essential. Forage quality determines the amount of forage consumed. Cows consuming high...

Nov. 8, 2016
Serving as the foundation for all agricultural endeavors, soil requires our management and protection to maintain functioning ecological systems.“As part of managing for a healthy soil, cover crops...

Nov. 1, 2016
Some areas around the U.S. have already experienced several light frosts, raising questions about subsequent forage use. Inquiries about the use of warm-season grasses in the sorghum family...

Oct. 25, 2016
How cows digest forage determines the extent to which they will make milk. As most forage feeders know, forage quality varies from cutting-to-cutting and year-to-year, presenting challenges that...