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Alfalfa Mixtures Helping Extend The Growing Season

AUBURN, Ala. – Alfalfa was once a dominant forage in the Southeast. Several factors eliminated many productive alfalfa stands. Insects and the harsh environment found in the Southeast were a contributing factor in the decline in production of alfalfa. Recent work with alfalfa mixtures has revealed new opportunities for this forage. Growing Alfalfa in Alabama This legume contains high levels ... Read More »

Sunn Hemp: Grazing Option for Producers

AUBURN, Ala. – Sunn hemp is a warm-season legume that producers are adding to their grazing and pasture management plans. Traditionally, producers do not use sunn hemp because of limited seed availability. Now, newer varieties, such as AU Golden and AU Darbin, are available for producers. These new varieties allow the plant to produce seed in moderate climates. Characteristics   Sunn hemp ... Read More »

2017 Forage Conference set for Nov. 29

AUBURN, Ala. – Cattle producers should make plans now to attend the 2017 Alabama Forage Conference Nov. 29 at Lakepoint State Park in Eufaula, Alabama. The conference begins with registration at 8 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m. In addition to the conference, there will be a pre-conference tour of the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland, Alabama. That tour ... Read More »

Nitrate Toxicity: Problem across Dry South

nitrate toxicity cattle grazing weedy pasture

AUBURN, Ala.— Nitrate toxicity in cattle is a growing threat across southeastern states battling drought. An animal scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says drought is increasing the chance for livestock forages to develop elevated nitrate levels. Dr. Kim Mullenix says that nitrates can accumulate in forages when plants are stressed by low soil moisture, high temperatures or low humidity. ... Read More »

Alabama Forage and Grassland Conference Set for December 2015

AUBURN, Alabama–The Alabama Forage and Grassland Conference is set for Thursday, Dec. 10, at Lakepoint State Park in Eufaula. Online registration is open on the Alabama Forages webpage and the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association webpage. Alabama Extension forage specialist Dr. Jennifer Johnson said this year’s theme “Forward Thinking with Forage Systems” was developed to encourage producers to consider the impacts of forage management beyond the ... Read More »

Grass and Forages: Backbone of Beef Cattle Nutrition

Beef — it’s what’s for dinner for many people.  For beef cattle, their primary diet for much of their lives is grass and other forages. This is why cattle farmers are also grass and forage farmers. Forages, including grasses, clovers and other legumes and small grains, are the nutitional foundation for beef cattle in Alabama. Generally mild weather conditions allow Alabama cattle ... Read More »

Forage Focus: National Forage Week

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National Forage Week is June 21 through June 27. But why should consumers care about the role forage crops play in animal agriculture? “Without question, forages are the most important plants on earth. Forages provide most of the nutrition for cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and mules. Forage accounts for about 25 percent of the total value of the U.S. agriculture, ... Read More »

True Armyworms on the March In Alabama

True Armyworm Damage in Pasture

True armyworms are another problem that Alabama’s farmers did not need. Cold weather and heavy rains delayed many farmers from planting their row crops in a timely manner. Now, an entomologist with Alabama Extension says true armyworms have been identified in two northeast Alabama counties. “The cool, wet spring created ideal circumstances for these caterpillars,” said Dr. Kathy Flanders. “We ... Read More »