Information and Resources
For beef cattle producers who have been affected by lack of winter forage in recent years, use of baleage systems to harvest and store forage may be a worthwhile investment. Producers may need to focus on increasing the nutritional value of the baleage for the decision to purchase a bale wrapper and high-moisture baler to be economical.
This article provides a new economic framework to help hay producers choose optimal N fertilizer rates when nitrate toxicity to cattle is an issue. Although bermudagrass is not considered a high-risk forage for accumulating nitrate levels toxic to cattle, this approach to managing nitrate levels in bermudagrass can be adapted for any forage being produced for hay.
As many Tennessee producers are aware, cool-season grasses, such as tall fescue and orchardgrass, suffer from poor forage production during the summer months. This has led to the search for cost-effective alternatives to bridge this summer "forage slump." Many of their attributes, such as being native, long-lasting and having low input requirements, make them well worth considering.
The mission of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Extension Program is to provide leadership for developing, delivering, and evaluating current and relevant agricultural economics and resource development educational programs for decision makers. Our vision is for Tennesseans to improve their knowledge, understanding, and application of economics to agricultural and rural issues.