High ash content in forages resulting from soil contamination can cause several problems. This article discusses ash content in forages, its sources, and problems that occur when soil contamination is high.
The best time to take a last harvest of forages during the first two weeks in Ohio, for the least risk to the long-term health of the stand. This is especially true this year for alfalfa and other legumes that need the fall period to replenish carbohydrate and protein reserves in the taproots after a very stressful year.
Many producers in Ohio have planted summer annual grasses this year to increase their low forage inventories. These include sudangrass, sorghum-sudangrass, forage sorghum, pearl millet, and teff grass. This article discusses when these grasses should be harvested or grazed.