UGA Forage Extension Team

Selecting a Round Baler

By Carole Knight Bulloch County CEA The process of baling hay has come a long way since the late 1800’s when Cyrus McCormick’s reaper design used a knotter to bundle and bind hay. The technology has improved but the goal has remained the same – safely store hay to feed…
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The Importance of Hay Conditioning

By Jeremy Kichler Colquitt County CEC The combination of humidity and moisture this spring has been a great challenge to many hay producers across the state.. The single most important “producer-controlled” factor influencing hay quality is the stage of maturity at harvest. However, unfavorable weather conditions in the Southeast can…
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Look Out for Moldy Hay

By Lucy Ray  Morgan County CEC Mold in livestock hay can be a significant problem, particularly in years where we have had a lot of moisture and humidity during harvest. The summer of 2016 was not overrun with moisture, however, when we have a shortage of hay, many producers are…
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Meet the Newest UGA Grass Masters Graduates

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…
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Don’t Let Your Hay be a “Barn Burner”

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…
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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…
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Georgia Forages Conference

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…
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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…
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