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Hay & Forages

  • 2015 Corn Silage and Forage Field Day Thursday June 18, 2015 University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, Georgia   TENTATIVE PROGRAM 7:30 am Registration 8:00 am Welcome 8:15 am Tour of variety test plots 9:40 am return to conference center 10:00 am Silage inoculants (35 minutes) – Dr. Zvi Weinberg, Volcani Institute, Israel…

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  •     Forage production is at the heart of Georgia’s livestock industries. Our diverse forage systems are some of the best in the world. For the fourth straight year, the Georgia Cattlemen’s Annual Convention begins with a focus on forages with the Georgia Forages’ Conference starting off the week’s events. This Conference is planned for April 1-2, 2015 at…

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  • Alfalfa In the South

    The Georgia Forages program will host a workshop entitled “Alfalfa in the South” on Mar. 17 starting at 9 a.m. The workshop will be at the UGA Livestock Instructional Arena (2600 Milledge Ave., Athens, GA). NEW! – We are also excited to announce that you can also join us by webinar! We’ll be broadcasting the classroom portion…

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  • The Southeastern Hay Contest continues to evolve. This year, it is undergoing a massive change!!! Since 2004, the Southeastern Hay Contest has been spotlighting high quality hay and forage production in the Southeast. The SE Hay Contest is run in conjunction with the Sunbelt Ag Expo and our winners are announced each year on the…

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  • Interseeding alfalfa into bermudagrass is an interesting concept for forage growers in the south.  There are several reasons why forage growers need to consider this production system. Why Interseed Alfalfa into Bermudagrass? 1. Grow your own nitrogen for the bermudagrass. 2. Increase the quality of your forage (+ 30 or more RFQ points) 3. Makes…

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  • Overseeding perennial pastures can help forage and livestock producers by extending their grazing season, cut back on stored hay requirements and also produce high quality forage for their operations. Winter annuals can provide enough energy and protein so they can put weight back on and keep brood cows in good condition before, during, and after…

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  • This time of year I get a lot of questions about winter annual forage seeding rates.  Selection of winter annual forages should be based on amount of forage needed, when the grazing is needed and seed costs. If you need earlier grazing then select a forage such as cereal rye.  If grazing is needed later in  spring then ryegrass is…

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  •   This time of year I get a lot of questions about seeding winter annual forages.  Most of our most common forage species (e.g., annual ryegrass, bahiagrass, tall fescue, etc.) should be planted at a depth of ¼ to ½ inch. Some can be planted as deep as 1 inch without hampering emergence (e.g.,rye, wheat,…

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  •  I am getting a lot of questions about bermudagrass stem maggot and how to manage it from Colquitt County hay producers. According to Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Agronomist,  low levels are being monitored around the state.  In Colquitt County bermudagrass fields, me and Amber Arrington, Colquitt County Extension agent, are also monitoring low levels of BSM. It…

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  •     PEANUT Rx: I have been getting questions about peanut fungicide programs.  Peanut RX is a way to determine your risk level for leaf spot and soil borne disease, and use the most conservative fungicide program as a base for developing your per field prescription spray program.  Using “prescription” fungicide programs based upon risk…

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