Physical evaluation of hay is useful to sort hay into general categories such as high, medium or low quality. To move beyond general categories and predict animal performance requires a forage chemical analysis.
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.
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.
Alfalfa development over the past week has continued at a a rapid pace and caused an increase in neutral detergent fiber (NDF) values. It is time to harvest high quality alfalfa in southern and western Ohio!
Estimating fiber content before harvest can be valuable to producers for making harvest timing and storage decisions. A simple method can be used to estimate the fiber content of alfalfa standing in the field to guide harvest timing decisions.