The following publications cover topics related to Forages. For a complete list of MU Extension publications, visit the main Publications page.

Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) Insurance in Missouri

Revised

Protect your grazing or hay farming operation from drought risk. Get tips and examples for understanding how PRF insurance works and choosing a policy.

Strip-Grazing Milo as a Low-Cost Winter Forage

New

Explore an affordable solution for winter cattle feed by strip-grazing standing milo. This guide discusses milo production, nutritional value and the details of managing cattle while using this low-cost feed.

Pasture Fence Construction Budget

New

There are many different methods and materials used to construct farm fencing. Each method varies widely in cost and ease of construction. This guide focuses on some common types of fences constructed across the midwestern United States.

Native Warm-Season Grass Seed Production

New

Native warm-season grasses can be a valuable source of forage and wildlife benefits. They can also generate cash flow by harvesting and selling the seed produced. This guide discusses the practices used to harvest seed and the costs and returns of doing so.

Fescue Seed and Forage Planning Budget

Revised

Use this budget to plan how to produce, finance, graze and market fescue on Missouri farms. It links to the Missouri Forage Budget Generator spreadsheet.

Corn Silage Planning Budget

Revised

Use this crop enterprise budget as a guide to estimate your production costs and revenues when growing corn silage on Missouri farms.

Alfalfa Baleage Planning Budget

Revised

Use this enterprise budget as a guide to estimate your production costs and returns when producing alfalfa baleage as a forage crop on Missouri farms.

Alfalfa Small Bales Planning Budget

Revised

Use this enterprise budget to plan how to produce, finance and market alfalfa sold as small hay bales in Missouri. It links to the Missouri Forage Budget Generator spreadsheet.

Alfalfa Establishment Planning Budget

Revised

Use this enterprise budget as a guide to estimate your production costs and returns when planting and establishing alfalfa as a forage crop in Missouri.

Native Warm-Season Grass Planning Budget

Revised

Use this enterprise budget to plan costs and returns for establishing and managing native warm-season grass forages for hay and pasture on Missouri farms.

Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri

Revised

Get custom service rates for fieldwork, planting, fertilizer, crop harvesting, hauling and heavy equipment activities from a survey of farmers, agribusinesses and contractors.

Forage Crop Irrigation Systems and Economics

Revised

Before choosing a forage irrigation system to mitigate drought risk, explore expected forage response to irrigation, equipment options and the economics.

Hurry Up and Wait: Replanting Decisions for Pastures During Drought

Reviewed

Rob Kallenbach
Department of Agronomy

Craig Roberts
Department of Agronomy

Drought typically causes Missouri cattlemen to be concerned about their pastures. These concerns can turn to thoughts of replanting, but such plans may be premature.

A Guide to the Common Forages and Weeds of Pastures

Reviewed $30

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Dairy Grazing: Growth of Pasture Plants

Reviewed

Dairy grazing publication series

This publication is one in a series about operating and managing a pasture-based dairy. Although these publications often refer to conditions in Missouri, many of the principles and concepts described may apply to operations throughout the United States.

Fescue - Clover Hay Planning Budget

Revised

Use this enterprise budget to plan how to produce, finance, graze and market fescue-clover hay on Missouri farms.

Cool Season Pasture Establishment Planning Budget

Revised

Use this enterprise budget to plan how to finance, establish and graze cool-season pastures on Missouri farms. It links to the Missouri Forage Budget Generator spreadsheet.

Bermudagrass

Reviewed

Bermudagrass makes excellent warm-season pasture and is gaining popularity in Missouri. Visit our website today to learn more.

Big Bluestem, Indiangrass and Switchgrass

Reviewed

Big Bluestem, Indiangrass and Switchgrass have been reintroduced successfully across Missouri. Visit our website today to learn more.

Dairy Grazing: Selecting the Right Forage

Reviewed

Dairy grazing publication series

This publication is one in a series about operating and managing a pasture-based dairy. Although these publications often refer to conditions in Missouri, many of the principles and concepts described may apply to operations throughout the United States.

Grasshopper Control in Missouri Forage Crops and Pastures

Revised

Revised by Kevin Rice
Division of Plant Sciences

Blister Beetle Management in Alfalfa

Revised

Revised by Kevin Rice
Department of Plant Sciences

Drought-Related Issues in Forage, Silage and Baleage

Revised

Get answers to questions about how to feed livestock during drought. Read about nitrate toxicity, corn silage and baleage, forage grazing and feeding hay.

Pricing Corn Silage

Revised

Learn how to price corn silage whether it's in the field or delivered to storage or the feed bunk, and see how drought can damage a corn silage crop.

Reducing Losses When Feeding Hay to Beef Cattle

Reviewed

Feeding hay to cattle is expensive, mostly due to waste. Learn good management practices to minimize the losses that occur due to poor storage methods, improper feeding methods, or both.

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