Start Date

4-12-2003 12:00 AM

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Managing forages is a challenge even during 'normal' growing seasons. Forage crop managers must have an awareness of the nutritive quality for livestock needs, growth differences of different forage species, and issues relating to a 'perennial' plant growth strategy all require careful consideration throughout the growing and harvest season. Even the most optimistic producer will acknowledge that only about 3 or 4 years out of 10 is a 'normal' growing season; the others often have weather-related limitations sometime during the year. This presentation addresses some of the most notable influences of environmental stress on forage growth, yield and quality, with some guidelines for forage management during these years when the weather doesn't cooperate.

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Dec 4th, 12:00 AM

Forage Production & Management Challenges - When the Season Isn't Normal

Managing forages is a challenge even during 'normal' growing seasons. Forage crop managers must have an awareness of the nutritive quality for livestock needs, growth differences of different forage species, and issues relating to a 'perennial' plant growth strategy all require careful consideration throughout the growing and harvest season. Even the most optimistic producer will acknowledge that only about 3 or 4 years out of 10 is a 'normal' growing season; the others often have weather-related limitations sometime during the year. This presentation addresses some of the most notable influences of environmental stress on forage growth, yield and quality, with some guidelines for forage management during these years when the weather doesn't cooperate.