Forage production in Georgia has been struggling in recent years, according to this report in the Farm Monitor, due to a combination of high input costs and tough weather. According to the article, recent back-to-back bad years have resulted in depletion of hay stocks, leaving farmers short. There is nothing left for a rainy day, says Lisa Baxter, the state forage specialist, because they already had that rainy day and used up what was in reserve. Producers are looking anxiously ahead to this year’s season hoping for a good production year to build up some more reserves.

Replacement heifers on cool-season forages at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), Marianna – FL. Photo credit: Jose Dubeux, UF/IFAS