Forages

  • Lisa Baxter, Ph.D. Most tall fescue stands found in Georgia have a fungus that lives in the plant and can be transmitted in the seed. This endophyte has some benefits including pest resistance, drought tolerance, and persistence under grazing. However, the wild- or native-type endophyte (E+) produces toxins called ergot-alkaloids that can cause cattle to…

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  • 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…

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  • Dr. Lawton Stewart -As we start 2024, many beef cattle producers are about to start the calving season. Across the state, forage availability is variable. Some places have seen severe drought in late summer/early fall, causing producers to feed more hay and deplete their winter hay supply. In this article, Dr. Stewart will discuss some…

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  • Lisa Baxter, Ph.D. Each year forage and grain specialists and breeders gather to review data from the UGA statewide variety test. The data collected in this test are used to guide our state’s variety recommendations. This article will discuss what factors in our decisions and provides the updated lists for winter 2023-2024.

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  • Jason Duggin – Fescue can serve as a main forage supply, but there are some things that need to be considered to mitigate the toxic endophytes. In this article, Jason Duggin will discuss some of the important considerations for beef cattle producers grazing Fescue in the Southeast.

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  • Darren D. Henry, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Very often there is a gap that exists between an optimal weaning time and availability of cool season forages for grazing in the southeastern US. As summer is coming into full swing, it is important that producers are preparing for the winter months ahead. Whether a producer buys or…

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  • Justin Burt, Ph.D. Candidate Jennifer Tucker, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Beef Extension Specialist Crabgrass can be found volunteering throughout most of Georgia, it is adaptable to many soil types and environments, establishes relatively easily, is highly palatable to cattle, somewhat drought tolerant, and has a prolific reseeding ability. This article discusses how cattle producers in…

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  • Dr. Lisa Baxter, Assistant Professor and UGA Forage Extension Specialist Since it was first discovered in South Georgia in the summer of 2010, the bermudagrass stem maggot has severely damaged bermudagrass pastures and hayfields throughout the Southeast US. In this article, Dr. Lisa Baxter discusses how to find and control for bermudagrass stem maggot.

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  • (Dr. Jennifer J. Tucker, Associate Professor, Animal and Dairy Science, UGA-Tifton) Bermudagrass is a dominant perennial warm-season grass that accounts for more than 20 million acres of pastures and hayfields across the Southern U.S.  While this high yielding forage serves as an excellent perennial base for many ruminant diets in Georgia it does have it’s…

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  • Dr. Francine Henry – Beef Cattle Nutritionist Winter supplementation of energy and protein are crucial to maximize the herd’s performance. Fall-calving herds are typically near peak lactation this time of the year meaning that cows are at their greatest nutrient requirements. In this article, Dr. Francine Henry discusses important concepts for a successful winter supplementation…

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