Jennifer Tucker, Ph.D.

Attend any forage focused Extension program and you will assuredly discuss the importance of soil fertility, forage quality, having a forage plan, and utilizing proper seeding and planting practices.  Each of these are key fundamentals to efficient and effective forage management and utilization and should not be overlooked in this article. A limitation of even one of these areas can have a dramatic effect on overall forage production and operational productivity. In this article, however, we are going to take a closer look at what’s happening between the pasture and the highway and discuss a few other key variables in forage management.