• Michigan Forage Guide

    Selecting forage species and mixtures for hayfields and pastures may seem overwhelming. Let our new MSU Extension bulletin help you make decisions. Click on the photo to download the bulletin.

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 hay and haylage, and a variable acreage devoted to annual forage and pasture crops. In addition to traditional use as stored or grazed 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 Kim Cassida, MSU Forage & Cover Crop Specialist.