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Forage Programming and Updates

Grassmaster’s

The GrassMasters program is a 7-week long series of educational workshops that focus on forage production. Workshops will be held virtually every Monday beginning November 2nd. This program is an INTRODUCTION to forage production systems and is highly recommended for new producers.

Please see the attached flyer and link below for registration details and more information.

https://georgiaforages.caes.uga.edu/calendar/event.html?eventid=1678&event=GrassMasters-Virtual-Series-(1-educational-workshop-per-week-for-7-weeks)

Weekly video release on forage management

Agents and producers are welcome to join in each Thursday night at 7:00 on the Georgia Forages Facebook page to see the premiere of a new video on forage management. The videos are short (5-10 minutes each) and cover hot topics, research updates, and popular demos from our field days. Follow Georgia Forages on facebook and watch/search for the watch party post in your news feed each week just before 7:00 pm.

https://www.facebook.com/GeorgiaForages/

New Georgia Forages YouTube Page

We have a variety of short videos (previously posted on Facebook) on hot topics in forage management. New videos will be added weekly after the watch party. Subscribe to the channel to receive notifications when new videos are posted.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL6DgfaB8V2DRnGxzEBxU3w

Stay tuned for more exciting events this fall! We are currently working Corteva to plan a virtual pasture weeds field day and Kubota for (possibly) an in-person hay demo event.


UGA Forage Extension Team
  • Make your forage new year’s resolutions Posted by Roger Gates, Whitfield County on Dec 14, 2020 A survey reported online recently by ‘Progressive Cattle’ asked cattlemen what aspect of their management they would most like to improve. By a wide margin, “Grazing” was identified as the item that benefit from an upgrade. Many producers recognize intuitively how influential grazing management can be on the success of a...
  • Winter mud – how to save your pastures during hay feeding season! Posted by Jeremy Kichler, Colquitt County on Dec 14, 2020 If you are feeding hay in the winter, eventually you are going to have to deal with mud.  Mud increases animal stress and can lead to increased production costs.  It is important for producers to know how mud limits livestock production and ways to manage this issue.  How does mud...
  • Understanding forage reports for horses Posted by Katie Burch, Jenkins County on Dec 14, 2020 With over 80,000 head of horses in the state of Georgia, horse owners are looking for efficient and nutritional forage options.  Horses are naturally meant to consume a forage-based diet and on average, should consume at least one percent of its body weight in forages.  In most instances, pasture and...
  • Be on the lookout: Charlotte’s top ten toxic weeds Posted by Charlotte Meeks, Houston County on Dec 14, 2020 While there are over 600 species of weeds that can be labeled as poisonous plants, we are going to focus on my top ten that can be found in our pastures in Georgia.  Most grazing animals will not eat poisonous plants unless they are forced to do so by some...
  • Fire Ant Control Posted by Savannah Tanner, Emanuel County on Sep 16, 2020 To be so tiny, ants can cause lots of turmoil in our hayfields and pastures including equipment damage, employee harm (i.e. loading square bales), and just plain aggravation. Many times we as livestock or hay producers have what we consider more pressing things to attend to: fertilizing, armyworm control, or...
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Extension Publications
  • White Clover Establishment and Management Guide (B 1251) White clover (Trifolium repens L.) is a cool season perennial legume of Mediterranean origin. White clover has been used as a forage in North America since Colonial times. Benjamin Franklin noted its prevalence in cleared and disturbed land as early as 1746. There are many animal and agronomic related reasons for establishing a productive stand of white clover in existing grass pastures. This publication covers tips on selecting, establishing and managing white clover to help ensure a productive stand.
  • Common Terms Used in Animal Feeding and Nutrition (B 1367) The purpose of this publication is to serve as an educational reference and resource to those who are interested in animal feeding and nutrition. Our primary objective is to list the common terms used when discussing animal feeding. This listing will also be helpful when reading articles on animal feeding and nutrition, feed analysis reports or tags associated with feeds sold in the market.
  • The Management and Use of Bahiagrass (B 1362) Bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum Flugge) is a long-lived, perennial warm season grass that is grown extensively in the southeastern United States. It is most commonly used as a pasture species, but can be used for hay production, erosion control, and wildlife habitat. Bahiagrass can also be used in "sod-based rotation" sequences that have been found to suppress pest problems (nematode and disease issues) in crops such as peanuts.
  • Georgia Forages: Grass Species (B 1351) The geographic and environmental diversity of Georgia allows for the extensive use of both cool and warm season grass species. In general, cool season grass species provide higher nutritional quality than warm season grasses. In contrast, warm season grasses generally yield more than cool season grasses. Each type and species, however, offers its own unique qualities and benefits to the forage system. In this section, the most important grass species in Georgia are introduced and discussed.
  • Bermudagrass in Georgia (B 911) Bermudagrass (Cynodon spp.) is an important warm-season, perennial, sod-forming forage grass in Georgia and throughout the Southeast. Bermudagrass is productive from spring until fall and is well-suited for grazing or hay production. Several varieties of bermudagrass are used in Georgia, ranging from common bermudagrass to the high-yielding, good quality hybrid bermudagrasses. The best variety to use depends on your location in the state and the intended use.
  • Forage Systems for Horses in Georgia (B 1224) A good pasture and forage program can provide quality feed and normally will be the most efficient and economical means of providing a substantial part of equine rations. In Georgia, we are fortunate to have a mild climate, soils suitable for producing forages and a good selection of highly productive forage species. With careful planning and good management, adequate grazing can be supplied for up to 10 months of the year in most areas of the state. To many producers, the term "horse pasture" denotes grazing management and forage crops unique to horses. This is not the case at all. Because the horse is a herbivore, most forage crops commonly used for cattle can also be used to provide grazing for horses.
  • Forage Systems for Stocker Cattle (B 1392) This publication provides a guide to the various forage systems that could be used for stocker development and provides guidelines for managing grazing or hay harvests for optimum forage yield and quality.
  • Selecting a Forage Bermudagrass Variety (C 919) This publication shares the collective experience of research and extension personnel on bermudagrass cultivars that are (or could be) grown in Georgia.
  • Nitrate Toxicity (C 915) This publication summarizes the effect that high nitrates have on the animal, presents the conditions to expect in toxic concentrations of nitrates, and outlines strategies that could prevent or reduce the risk of nitrate toxicity.
  • Georgia Forages: Legume Species (B 1347) Legume species add significantly to forage systems in Georgia. They are an excellent source of high quality forage, and are generally very digestible and contain high levels of crude protein (CP). Many legumes also provide substantial forage yields. Perhaps most importantly, legumes and the rhizobium bacteria that colonize nodules on their roots provide an important source of biologically-fixed nitrogen (N). This publication presents information about the most important legume species grown for forage in Georgia.
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