Grasses


Variety and Species Selection

University of Wisconsin Forage Variety Performance Results
This link takes you to results from the most recent UW  forage variety testing information.  It is viewable as html or downloadable as a .pdf file in the form of UW Extension bulletin A1525 (Perennial Forage Variety Update for Wisconsin).

Growing high-quality grasses for dairy rations requires attention to detail. 
A Fact Sheet with advice on growing grasses as an intentional source of high quality forage for dairy rations.

Marketers and Traits for Grass Varieties

Comparing Cool Season Grasses
by yield
by grazing intake and palatability
Harvested yields, grazing intake yields, and palatability of cool-season grasses as tested in University of Wisconsin field trials, 1996 to present

Forage Fescues in the Northern USA                        
A publication from the UW Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and authored by M. Casler et. al

A Bright Future for Grasses  
by Mike Casler, USDA Dairy Forage Res. Ctr. Grass Breeder, for the 2005 Wisconsin Fertilizer, Ag Lime, and Pest Management Conference

Sorghums, Sudangrasses, and Sorghum-Sudan Hybrids
A “Focus on Forage” fact sheet written by Dan Undersander, UW-Extension Forage Agronomist

Rust on Orchardgrass and Ryegrass
A MS Power Point presentation by Dan Undersander, UW-Extension Forage Agronomist

Ryegrass Types for Pasture and Hay
by Dr. Dennis Cosgrove, et.al. UWEX Agronomy Advice, Oct. 1996

Pasture Species Selection for Sheep
by Dan Undersander, UW-Extension Forage Agronomist

Identification

Identifying Pasture Grasses
UWEX Bulletin A3637

Fertilization

Should Calcium Be Applied to Wisconsin Soils?
A “Focus on Forage” fact sheet written by John Peters (retired) and Keith Kelling (emeritus), UW Extension Soil Scientists.

Soil Fertility Influences on Cation Levels in Forages
A “Focus on Forage” fact sheet written by John Peters (retired) and Keith Kelling (emeritus), UW Extension Soil Scientists.

Nutrient Application Guidelines for Field, Vegetable and Fruit Crops
UW Extension Bulletin A2809 – available for viewing only in a .pdf format.  Provides current soil test and fertilizer recommendations for all field crops (including most grasses).

Establishment and Management

Management and Production Potential for Eastern Gamagrass in Wisconsin
A “Focus on Forage” fact sheet by Wayne Coblentz, USDA-ARS, Marshfield, et. al

Getting a Good Forage Stand  
A “Focus on Forage” fact sheet written by Dan Undersander, UW-Extension Forage Agronomist

Italian Ryegrass as a Companion for Alfalfa Seeding
A “Focus on Forage” fact sheet written by Nick Schneider, former Winnebago Co. Agricultural Agent and others.

Frost Seeding of Forages
by Dr. Dan Undersander, UW Extension Forage Agronomist

Frost Seeding Forages into Established Pastures
Mike Rankin, Extension Crops and Soils Agent – Fond du Lac County, et. al.

Establishment and Management of Switchgrass
by Dr. Dan Undersander, UW Extension Forage Agronomist

Feeding

Grazing Stockpiled Forage
by Dan Undersander, UW Extension Forage Agronomist

Forage Quality and Feeding Management for Eastern Gamagrass in Wisconsin
A “Focus on Forage” fact sheet by Wayne Coblentz, USDA-ARS, Marshfield, et. al

Grass Forages and Magnesium Status of Dairy Cattle  
by Pat Hoffman (emeritus), UW Extension Dairy Scientist and John Peters (retired), UW Extension Soil Scientist.  A “Focus on Forage” Fact Sheet.

Heat Damaged Forages: Effects on Forage Quality  
by Wayne Coblentz, US Dairy Forage Research Center, and Pat Hoffman (emeritus), UW Extension Dairy Scientist.  A “Focus on Forage” Fact Sheet.

Effects of bale moisture and bale diameter on spontaneous heating, dry matter recovery, in vitro true digestibility, and in situ disappearance kinetics of alfalfa-orchardgrass hays
by Wayne Coblentz, US Dairy Forage Research Center, and Pat Hoffman (emeritus), UW Extension Dairy Scientist.

Effects of spontaneous heating on fiber composition, fiber digestibility, and in situ disappearance kinetics of neutral detergent fiber for alfalfa-orchardgrass hays
by Wayne Coblentz, US Dairy Forage Research Center, and Pat Hoffman (emeritus), UW Extension Dairy Scientist.

Feeding Grass or Alfalfa-Grass Silage to Dairy Cows
by Dr. Randy Shaver, UW Extension Dairy Scientist 

Performance of Lactating Dairy Cows Fed Alfalfa Silage or Perennial Ryegrass Silage
by Pat Hoffman (emeritus), UW Extension Dairy Scientist, Marshfield Ag Research Station

Development of a Novel System to Estimate Protein Degradability in Legume and Grass Silages
by Pat Hoffman (emeritus), UW Extension Dairy Scientist, Marshfield Ag Research Station

Palatability of Cool Season Grasses

Tall fescue and Kura clover for dairy and beef stockers
a research brief from the UW Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems

Nitrate Poisoning in Cattle, Sheep and Goats
Written by several UW-Extension Forage and Animal Specialists

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