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
By Savannah Tanner Emanuel County CEA With over 80,000 head of horses in the state of Georgia, horse owners are looking for efficient and nutritional forage options to feed to their animals. A good rule of thumb for horse owners is that your horse should consume at least one percent of its body weight in hay...
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By Jeremy Kichler Colquitt County CEC  Winter annual forages can be very expensive to establish and maintain.  Extension budgets estimate that total costs of winter annual forages is around $200 per acre.  Is it possible to reduce forage production costs without decreasing winter annual forage yield? The first step is to soil test and follow...
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By Roger Gates Whitfield County CEA Livestock producers who have had to purchase hay in dry years do not need economists to describe the impact of supply on price.  The value of an adequate supply becomes increasingly obvious as winter transitions to spring if pasture growth is slow or delayed. At...
UGA Forage Extension Team
By Charlotte Meeks Houston County CEA While temporary fencing cannot replace permanent fencing, it has its place in a grazing management system. Temporary fencing can be used to divide permanent pasture for rotational grazing or intensive grazing systems, open areas for temporary grazing or to exclude livestock from an area. While permanent fences are intended...

Georgia Forages Events Calendar

The GrassMasters program is a 7 week long series of seven educational workshops that focus on forage production. Workshops are held every Monday beginning on January 27th at the Ben Hill County Senior Citizen Center. This program is an INTRODUCTION to forage production systems and is highly recommended for those of you just getting your "feet wet" when it comes to planning or improving a forage system. Programs will be taught by the UGA Forage Team members as well as NRCS staff. The GrassMasters program is a 7 – week long series of seven educational workshops that focus on forage production. Workshops are held every Monday beginning on January 27th at the Ben Hill County Senior Citizen Center. This program is an INTRODUCTION to forage production systems and is highly recommended for those of you just getting your "feet wet" when it comes to planning or improving a forage system. Programs will be taught by the UGA Forage Team members as well as NRCS staff. MEETING DATES AND TOPICS: Registration: 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Program: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm January 27thAn Introduction to Forages February 3rdFertilization of Perennial Grasses February 10thPest Management Strategies February 17thHay and Baleage Production and Management February 24thUnderstanding Forage Quality and Supplementation March 2ndGrazing Management and Planning March 9thImproving Soil Health and NRCS Programs
Feb 24
6:30PM - 8:30PM 2020 GrassMasters Series Ben Hill County Senior Citizen Center, Fitzgerald, GA
This informal field tour will showcase on-going forage and grazing research at the Alapaha Beef Station! Topics/stops include: Winter forage options following a drought 3-yr annual forage rotation Pre-emergent herbicide demonstration Bahiagrass variety trial and more!
Mar 02
1:00PM - 3:00PM Winter Forage Field Day Alapaha Beef Station, Alapaha, GA
The GrassMasters program is a 7 week long series of seven educational workshops that focus on forage production. Workshops are held every Monday beginning on January 27th at the Ben Hill County Senior Citizen Center. This program is an INTRODUCTION to forage production systems and is highly recommended for those of you just getting your "feet wet" when it comes to planning or improving a forage system. Programs will be taught by the UGA Forage Team members as well as NRCS staff. The GrassMasters program is a 7 – week long series of seven educational workshops that focus on forage production. Workshops are held every Monday beginning on January 27th at the Ben Hill County Senior Citizen Center. This program is an INTRODUCTION to forage production systems and is highly recommended for those of you just getting your "feet wet" when it comes to planning or improving a forage system. Programs will be taught by the UGA Forage Team members as well as NRCS staff. MEETING DATES AND TOPICS: Registration: 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Program: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm January 27thAn Introduction to Forages February 3rdFertilization of Perennial Grasses February 10thPest Management Strategies February 17thHay and Baleage Production and Management February 24thUnderstanding Forage Quality and Supplementation March 2ndGrazing Management and Planning March 9thImproving Soil Health and NRCS Programs
Mar 02
6:30PM - 8:30PM 2020 GrassMasters Series Ben Hill County Senior Citizen Center, Fitzgerald, GA
The GrassMasters program is a 7 week long series of seven educational workshops that focus on forage production. Workshops are held every Monday beginning on January 27th at the Ben Hill County Senior Citizen Center. This program is an INTRODUCTION to forage production systems and is highly recommended for those of you just getting your "feet wet" when it comes to planning or improving a forage system. Programs will be taught by the UGA Forage Team members as well as NRCS staff. The GrassMasters program is a 7 – week long series of seven educational workshops that focus on forage production. Workshops are held every Monday beginning on January 27th at the Ben Hill County Senior Citizen Center. This program is an INTRODUCTION to forage production systems and is highly recommended for those of you just getting your "feet wet" when it comes to planning or improving a forage system. Programs will be taught by the UGA Forage Team members as well as NRCS staff. MEETING DATES AND TOPICS: Registration: 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Program: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm January 27thAn Introduction to Forages February 3rdFertilization of Perennial Grasses February 10thPest Management Strategies February 17thHay and Baleage Production and Management February 24thUnderstanding Forage Quality and Supplementation March 2ndGrazing Management and Planning March 9thImproving Soil Health and NRCS Programs
Mar 09
6:30PM - 8:30PM 2020 GrassMasters Series Ben Hill County Senior Citizen Center, Fitzgerald, GA
Come learn about forage management and precision hay field technology with hands-on forage and equipment demonstrations. Presentations include: • The nuts and bolts of inoculant applications• Weed control in hayfields• Matching forage quality to animal needsHands-on demonstrations:• Sprayer and seed drill calibration and cleanout• Forage and soil testing• Hayfield irrigation technology• Grid sampling and variable rate fertilizer• How to set up and use a lightbar• UAV demo• Hay equipment demonstrations (weather dependent) Online Registration Links: Online Registration County Extension Agent Registration: CALL OFFICE Meal Sponsor Break Sponsor Exhibitor Equipment Sponsor
Mar 11
8:00AM - 5:00PM Hay and Baleage Shortcourse - Oglethorpe County Oglethorpe County Extension Office, Crawford, GA
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