• Will my alfalfa survive the coming winter?

    Will my alfalfa survive the coming winter?

  • Teff Grass is gaining in popularity as an alternative forage crop in Michigan

    Teff Grass is gaining in popularity as an alternative forage crop in Michigan

  • Reed canarygrass – love it or hate it

    Reed canarygrass – love it or hate it

  • Understanding the role of forages in Upper Peninsula potato rotations

    Understanding the role of forages in Upper Peninsula potato rotations

  • Feb. 17, 2015 – GLFGC

    Healthy soil supports vigorous crops like these annual forages, soybeans, and silage corn. Attend the Great Lakes Forage & Grazing Conference on March 12 in East Lansing to learn more about it.

Welcome to the MSU Forage Connection

This web site is the homepage for the MSU Forage Research Program and an information hub for forage production and use in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

Forages are the third most valuable agronomic crop in Michigan, encompassing over 3.5 million acres dedicated to permanent grasslands. In addition to traditional use as livestock feed, forage crops improve soil health via use in crop rotations or as cover crops, are a vital link in preserving water quality, and provide biofuels. Forage crops thus have a direct or indirect connection to many facets of Michigan agriculture and to ecosystem services that affect all residents.

We hope you will enjoy exploring these connections through this website.

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Send suggestions and comments regarding this webpage to Dr. Kim Cassida, MSU Forage Specialist.