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Herbicide Restriction Considerations for Using Cover Crops as ForageFebruary 10, 2016 View Farminar Pre-recorded Thinking of using cover crops as forage for livestock? Don’t forget to factor in herbicides used earlier in the growing season! Some herbicide labels have restrictions that would rule out using subsequent crops as forage. Joe Sellers, beef specialist at Iowa [...]

February 10, 2016 

FARMINAR

Objective: To experiment with seeding different forages into existing pastures and monitor performance of livestock, forage and the soil.

July 7, 2015 

RESEARCH PROTOCOL

Interseeding annuals into pastures
increases forage diversity, quality, and
quantity.
• Bruce Carney developed seed mixtures
and interseeded them into existing
cool-season pastures.
KEY FINDINGS
• During this establishment year, few
advantages were seen in grazing days
or forage yield, but a baseline was
established for future comparison.
• Diverse seed mixtures vastly increased
pasture diversity.
• Timely precipitation is critical to forage
and biomass production.
• Grazing management to harvest or
trample forage at the right time and
to a proper degree is essential to feed
both livestock and soil microbes.

May 7, 2015 

RESEARCH REPORT

Good management is essential to
maintaining productive pastures and
encouraging high performance.
• Dave and Meg Schmidt tracked the
management of their pastures, animal
performance, and rates of gain.
• 2014 featured good weather and
improved rotational grazing, resulting
in more animal grazing days and
better calf growth.
KEY FINDINGS
• Managed grazing has improved
animal health and gain.
• Forage diversity and soil health can
be improved with managed grazing.
• Short-season annual forages provide
livestock feed during key periods,
when perennials are don’t.

April 30, 2015 

RESEARCH REPORT

Cover crops provide a high-quality and
low-cost feed during times of low feed
supplies.
• Beef graziers worked with neighboring
row crop farmers to plant cover crops
and monitored grazing value.
• Grazing cover crops extended the
grazing time on crop stubble fields
and reduced the amount of stored
feeds required.
KEY FINDINGS
• Soil compaction was not increased
following cattle grazing cover crops.
• Cover crops provide reasonablypriced
forage for grazing livestock,
protect the soil for crop farmers, and
allow graziers to rest their pastures
longer in the spring.

November 1, 2014 

RESEARCH REPORT

Perennial Forage and Beef Marketing the Focus of Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Day May 22 near McGregor, Iowa For Release: March 9, 2013 Download PDF (87 kB) View Fullscreen

March 9, 2013 

NEWS RELEASE

Forage Quality and Returns from GrazingPublished: February 4, 1995 Download PDF (270 kB) View Fullscreen

February 4, 1995 

RESEARCH REPORT

Forage, Cover Cropping, and Weed ManagementPublished: February 10, 1993 Download PDF (223 kB) View Fullscreen

February 10, 1993 

RESEARCH REPORT