Grazing Stockpiled Forage

Grazing Stockpiled Forage by Dan Undersander, Forage Agronomist University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Many pastures will have accumulated forage this fall due to the generally good late season rainfall and temperature patterns.  Accumulated or stockpiled forage can be an excellent source of forage for animals.  Fall stockpiled forage is brown but is high quality since it is […]

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Alfalfa Yield and Stand

Alfalfa Yield and Stand by Dan Undersander, Forage Agronomist University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension The single factor most affecting profitability of alfalfa is yield. This can be seen in the graph at the right which depicts economic data from the Green-Gold program (a third party verified measured yield and quality program) the Wisconsin Forage council used […]

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Sainfoin Not Recommended for Wisconsin

Sainfoin Not Recommended for Wisconsin by Dan Undersander Sainfoin (Onobrychis vicifolia) is deep-rooted and very drought-resistant. It yields best on high pH, deep, well-drained soils, and will not withstand wet soils or high water tables. It is not as winterhardy as some cultivars of alfalfa. Sainfoin is short lived where root and crown rots are a […]

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Calculating Production Costs – Per Acre, Ton, Bushel, etc.

Calculating Production Costs Per Acre, Ton, Bushel, Etc. by Gary G. Frank1 Introduction Enterprise budgets are used to calculate production costs. Enterprise budgets record the income or revenue, expense, and returns for a single crop or livestock production process. An enterprise is any coherent portion of the general structure of the farm business that can be […]

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New Developments in Analytical Evaluation of Forages

New Developments in Analytical Evaluation of Forages and Total Mixed Rations by Patrick C. Hoffman, Associate Professor Department of Dairy Science University of Wisconsin – Madison Introduction There are many new advancements in the analytical evaluation of forages and total mixed rations (TMRs).  Despite new advancements, the world of “forage testing”, as we commonly refer to it, has probably […]

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Diagnosing and Managing Winter Injury

Diagnosing and Managing Winter Injury by Dan Undersander Winter Injury occurs someplace in Wisconsin every year. Being able to diagnose and manage winter damaged stands may help prolong stand life and increase production. Below is a brief discussion on diagnosing and managing winter damaged alfalfa. Diagnosing Winter Injury Slow Green Up One of the most evident […]

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Soybeans for Hay or Silage

Soybeans for Hay or Silage by Dr. Dan Undersander Soybeans can be harvested as a hay or silage crop. This option is often considered either when forage is short or when the soybean crop is damaged for harvest as a grain crop (for example. following hail damage or an early frost). Soybean forage, like most legumes, […]

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Emergency Forage Options

Emergency Forage Options The optimum crop to plant for emergency forage should be determined by 1) when and how it will be utilized, 2) the forage quality needed, and 3) seed availability and cost. In 2003 and 2004, emergency forage trials were conducted at 5 locations across Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. Trials were seeded at […]

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