Friday, July 20, 2018
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Grazing winter cover crops can provide winter forage for livestock, increase soil biology and organic matter and decrease soil erosion and nutrient runoff.

In order to maintain control of your forage system in an uncontrollable world, you need to be good at being both proactive and reactive.

Learn to pair forages that progress to maturity at similar times for a more uniform harvest with increased quality and yield.

Learn how to adjust your harvesting schedule to increase alfalfa yields without sacrificing quality.

Selection criteria for forage crops will need to expand beyond the current focus to encompass environmental impacts of growing, harvesting and storing them.

Nutrient management and disease are expected to be complicated by warmer, wetter conditions. An increase in hot days will challenge some and benefit others.

Silage testing is a fundamental tool for the farm to continuously evaluate quality and adjust to feed the best-possible forages.

Warm temperatures increase the rate of plant damage, which is partially why summer flooding can cause more damage to plant tissue than spring floods.

As summer progresses, the preferred forages for grazing dry up and become less available and animals are forced to consume plants they might otherwise not eat. These are some plants of concern for grazing livestock during these dry conditions in Ohio.

Hay makes up the No. 3 commercial crop in the U.S., and can greatly benefit from precision technology.
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