• By Jeremy Kichler Colquitt County CEC  This time of year, County Agents get questions about establishing warm season perennial forages from seed. Forage establishment can be expensive, especially if you have to do it twice.  Let’s discuss some things that ensure successful perennial forage establishment on the first try. Fertility. Soil sampling should be done…

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  • The UGA Forage Team recently hosted the UGA GrassMasters series for Northeast Georgia at the UGA Livestock Instructional Arena in Athens. This was the second such program hosted by the Forage Team as part of a partnership with the Natural Resource Conservation Service. The goal of the program is to provide a more intensive series…

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  • By Adam Speir Madison County CEC I always remember being at basketball games growing up and hearing that a close game by two very good teams would be called a “barn burner.” With hay season just around the corner, farmers have the very real risk of dealing with a “barn burner” of a different, more…

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  • What would you do?

    What would you do if you found out that there was a toxin in your pastures that caused your cows to spend about 20% less time grazing, drink 25% more water, lose up to 2 points of body condition, and produce about 25% less milk for their calves? What would you do if that toxin…

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  • For the fifth straight year, the Georgia Cattlemen’s Annual Convention begins with a focus on forages with the annual Georgia Forages Conference starting off the week’s events. This Conference is planned for March 29, 2017 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds (directions) in Perry, GA. This event allows us to team up with the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association to offer a new learning opportunity in combination…

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  • News and Noteworthy

    Impact of the UGA Forage Extension Program was assessed through an online survey during February and early March of this year. The survey was sent to 349 valid emails of participants in our major forage extension programs and we received 88 responses (25.2% response rate, which is considered high). Participants self-reported that their participation in UGA…

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  • Should I start grazing my permanent pastures now? Care needs to be taken to avoid turning out too early. Grazing fescue before it has at least a good amount of growth (8”) will cost you 25-50% or more of your spring yield potential. Hammering bermudagrass just as it is waking up will also cost you 20-40%+…

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