SPECIAL SECTION: 2013 FORAGE GUIDE
The more important criteria for selecting a
forage mix are:
Adaptability of the component species to your
soil conditions and local weather patterns.
Your speciﬁc forage needs, whether for pasture,
hay, silage, or green chop.
Your type of livestock operation.
The volume of forage you need annually to
The time of year forages are needed.
A soil test is the best basis for a fertilizer
The table on page 24 is an estimate of nutrient
removal by crops. In the absence of a soil test these
may be used as a guide for your fertility program.
Recent studies have shown a response to sulfur on
many crops including pasture. If a soil test is not
available, apply 10 to 15 pounds of sulfur per acre.
The sulfate form of sulfur is immediately available
to plants. If elemental sulfur is used it will be one to
six months before it becomes available to plants.
The species mix is one of the single most important factors in forage production. The legumes,
grasses, and other forage species growing on your
farm affect not only the feed value of the roughage produced, but also yield and growth distribution during the growing season. Forage plants not
adapted to your soil conditions or your speciﬁc
forage needs ultimately reduce the proﬁtability and
overall efﬁciency of your entire operation.