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Plant Sciences

Forage Symposium at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Convention

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Forage Systems For Minimizing Hay And Concentrate Feed Needs, Glen E. Aiken Jan 2006

Forage Systems For Minimizing Hay And Concentrate Feed Needs, Glen E. Aiken

Forage Symposium at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Convention

Cattlemen typically simplify their pasture management by relying on one or two forages that are well adapted and persist under their targeted levels of management and production. The 5.5 million acres of Kentucky-31 tall fescue in Kentucky is a strong indication how producers in the state rely on the cool-season perennial grass, sometimes in mixture with red or white clover, to meet their grazing needs. An advantage of this approach is that fertilization and grazing management is based on a single growth distribution and set of fertilizer needs. Disadvantages are that yield, growth distribution, and quality of forage may ...


How Good Is Your Hay?, Tom Keene Jan 2006

How Good Is Your Hay?, Tom Keene

Forage Symposium at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Convention

All hay that is made or produced should have a value placed on it. Because no matter what livestock enterprise that it is earmarked for, there were significant inputs that went into producing that hay. Therefore, it is imperative that we place a value on the hay product(s) that we have produced.


New Developments In Pasture Weed Control, William W. Witt Jan 2006

New Developments In Pasture Weed Control, William W. Witt

Forage Symposium at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Convention

Weeds in pastures continue to offer challenges to the producer for controlling these unwanted plants. The combination of forage grasses grown in pastures and the climate of Kentucky provides an environment that is conducive for having numerous weedy species. Most pastures have a combination of cool season (those that begin growth in fall and mature in spring or early summer) and warm season (those that begin growth in spring and mature in late summer or fall) weeds. Additionally, some weeds such as thistles severely restrict grazing while other weeds do not. The decision to apply a weed management strategy is ...


Roundup Ready® Alfalfa, Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue, Red And White Clover, Bermudagrass, And More, S. Ray Smith Jan 2006

Roundup Ready® Alfalfa, Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue, Red And White Clover, Bermudagrass, And More, S. Ray Smith

Forage Symposium at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Convention

Finally, Roundup Ready® alfalfa is now available and currently varieties show excellent tolerance to Roundup, good disease res i stance, and good yield potential. Before making plans to plant 100 acres know that the price in most states is over $7.00 per pound and pre-ordering seed is essential if you want to plant the spring of 2006. Roundup tolerance is a very useful trait in alfalfa, but remember that Roundup Ready ® varieties are not superior for other traits. Some current advertisement s promote Roundup Ready® varieties as higher yielding and higher quality. These statements are not untrue, but they ...


Using Legumes To Renew Grass Pastures, Garry D. Lacefield Jan 2006

Using Legumes To Renew Grass Pastures, Garry D. Lacefield

Forage Symposium at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Convention

Legume content in Kentucky pastures has been reduced dramatically as a result of the drought and high temperatures of 2005 and very muddy conditions this past winter. In addition, late-winter early-spring seedings during 2004 were not as successful as normal due to excessive moisture during the establishment periods. As a result of our reduced amount of legumes in pasture and the many advantages legumes have for improving Kentucky pastures, serious considerations should be given to renovating pastures in 2006.


Foreword [2006], Garry D. Lacefield, Christi L. Forsythe Jan 2006

Foreword [2006], Garry D. Lacefield, Christi L. Forsythe

Forage Symposium at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Convention

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