This publication describes—by climatic zone—perennial pasture plant growth and how management actions can affect growth, both positively and negatively. Optimal management of forages by season is the basis for the Pasture Calendar.
Assists livestock producers in using forage analysis as a management tool to improve livestock nutrition. Explains the information commonly found in most laboratory forage reports: feed, protein, carbohydrates, fat, energy, ash, minerals, pH, nitrates, RFV, and RFQ.
Sergio Arispe, Shelby Filley |
Nov 2016 |
OSU Extension Catalog
Pastures often contain weeds that are potentially dangerous to livestock. The toxic compounds in plants are usually a defense mechanism against predation and have a distinct, unpleasant odor or a bitter taste and are not ...
Mylen Bohle, David Hannaway, Andy Hulting, Karin Neff |
Apr 2018 |
This section of the OSU Forage Information System lists many clovers for use in pastures, hay crops, and set aside areas for pollinators. It list the clover along with growing conditions and attributes. Clovers are legumes so they fix atmospheric nitrogen using rhizobia bacteria living in nodules found on the roots. The soil pH must be at least 5.5, but some prefer a higher pH of 6 - 6.5. The rhizobia will not fix N if the soil pH is too low. When clover leaves dye or are digested and eliminated by livestock, they release their N to the soils where grasses can take it up and utilize it for their growth. Additionally, the high protein content of clovers is a source of high quality nutrients that persist late into the grazing season for animals to utilize.
Funded by the USDA Farm & Ranch Stress Assistance Network grant, the WRASAP is composed of lead agencies representing 13 states. We want to make sure that you, your family & people you work with have access to the resources needed, when they are needed.
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