The UGA Forages website is your window to information on a wide variety of forage management issues.

This information is extended to you by scientists from the University of Georgia, who continue to research all aspects of forage and livestock management. The recommendations found here are based on peer-reviewed research conducted in Georgia and throughout the world. The website provides accurate and up-to-date information about all forage management issues facing producers in Georgia and the Southeast.

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UGA Forage Extension Team
While not always on the forefront of our mind, mold in hay can be a problem for livestock. Particularly in years like 2021, where we have had a lot of moisture and humidity during harvest. Not only did the wet summer we had increase our chances of mold, but it...
UGA Forage Extension Team
Using oats as grazing and/ or baleage can sometimes be challenging however; in most years, oats can one of the healthiest and best options for our livestock. Some (most) years, UGA Extension gets calls concerning oats that are discolored, not growing great, or sometimes even dying. Unfortunately, there isn’t always...
UGA Forage Extension Team
There are often many questions surrounding the practice of burning pastures and hayfields. Let’s look at the more frequently asked. Is it a good idea to burn my hayfield? There are several benefits to burning your hayfield. Burning can help producers manage thatch in their stands. If the thatch layer...
UGA Forage Extension Team
Potassium is an essential element in plants and is considered one of the three macronutrients, along with nitrogen and phosphorus. The amount of K is reported in almost all routine soil samples. Unfortunately, with price increases, it has gone from being the least expensive to the most expensive of the...

UGA-Tifton Students Awarded at AFGC

UGA Tifton was well represented at the 2022 American Forage and Grassland Council’s Annual Conference (AFGC). All three students representing the University of Georgia placed in the Emerging Scientist competition.

  • Justin Burt, Animal and Dairy Science PhD Candidate under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Tucker, won first place in the oral competition.
  • Nicholas Shay, Crop and Soil Science MS Student under the direction of Dr. Lisa Baxter, won second place in the oral competition.
  • Kendall Whatley, Animal and Dairy Science MS Student under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Tucker, won first place in the poster competition.

The Emerging Scientist Competition is a very competitive program. Participants must be nominated and selected by the Emerging Scientist Committee before they are invited to the annual conference to present their research.

Pictured (left to right): Dr. Lisa Baxter (Assistant Professor in CRSS), Nicholas Shay (MS Student in CRSS), Justin Burt (PhD Candidate in ADS), Kendall Whatley (MS Student in ADS), and Dr. Jennifer Tucker (Associate Professor in ADS). 

Congratulations, Dawgs!

Members of the UGA Meat Judging Team display their awards at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado including (back row, left to right) Coach Anna Scott, Levi Martin, Preston Nave and Clint Lee and (front row, left to right) Marin Lonee, Anna Unger and Cason Galloway. CAES News
UGA meat judging team takes top honors in national contest
The UGA Meat Judging Team garnered a team championship and several individual awards at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, in early January.
Beef cattle (file photo) CAES News
The hot air around methane
It is not difficult to find somebody talking about methane these days. Simply turn on the TV, open your computers to your news affiliate of choice or log into any social media platform.
When implementing grazing management strategies, one of the key tools to success is using temporary fencing technology. This technology is a fantastic advancement that allows us the opportunity to adjust our grazing paddock size multiple times throughout the year based on animal need and number, forage growth and availability. (Photo by Justin Burt) CAES News
Incorporating alfalfa in forage systems could lead to environmental benefits
Alfalfa, once a dominant forage in Georgia, is the third-highest crop for economic returns in the United States. Combined with cheap nitrogen prices, difficulty growing the desirable forage crop in Georgia’s challenging climate led to a decline in alfalfa production in the state after its peak in the 1960s.