Why plant winter annual forage crops? These crops grow and provide grazing during the cool-season when bermudagrass and bahiagrass pastures are dormant.
One of the most important decisions a forage producer must make is which variety or varieties to plant. Many forage varieties are marketed in Louisiana.
2015-2016 Recommendations. One of the most important decisions a forage producer must make is which variety or varieties to plant. To help farmers make logical choices among crops and varieties, the LSU AgCenter conducts variety trials and makes recommendations each year. Suggested varieties, seeding rates, planting depths and seeding dates are included. (PDF Format Only)
Increased profit is the primary reason why producers need to know the quality of the forages they feed livestock. It’s important to know the nutrient composition and potential animal performance that can be expected from a given forage. Methods of testing feeds, definitions of common forage analysis terms, application of forage testing results, forage sampling and sample submission information included. (PDF Format Only)
One of the earliest decisions to be made in pasture and hay meadow establishment is the forage or combination of forage varieties you will plant. The variety must be adapted to the soil and climatic conditions of your farm. Information on choosing a variety, variety descriptions and planting methods are included. (PDF Format Only)
Basics of forage quality analysis and how such an analysis relates to the nutritional needs of a beef cow and/or replacement heifer. (PDF format only)
Many different strategies are available for fertilizing pastures. They vary according to stocking rate, presence or absence of legumes and whether the pastures consist of summer or winter plants. Includes information on soil testing, pH, liming and winter annuals. (PDF Format Only)
Bahia grass is popular in the South because of several factors. Among those, it tolerates a wider range of soil conditions than Bermuda grass or Dallis grass. It is established by seed rather than sprigs. It resists encroachment of weeds. It can persist and produce moderate yields on soils of low fertility, and it withstands heavy grazing. Vareity descriptions, establishment, variety performance and more included. (PDF format only)