• 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.

  • 2019 MSU Cover Crop Variety Test

    February 21, 2020. Which cover crop grows best in Michigan? Results of the first ever MSU Cover Crop Variety Test are available online and show that variety does matter when choosing a cover crop to meet specific goals.

  • Entries open for 2020 Michigan Forage and Cover Crop Variety Tests

    Entries are now being accepted for the 2020 MSU forage and cover crop variety tests. This year, MSU is offering tests for alfalfa, red clover, annual and perennial grasses, and cover crops. Click on the photo to go to our variety testing page and download the entry forms.

  • March 5 is the 2020 Great Lakes Forage & Grazing Conference.

    March 5 is the 2020 Great Lakes Forage & Grazing Conference. Our theme is dealing with Uncertainty in Producing Forage. Keynote speaker is Mike Rankin of Hay and Forage Grower magazine. Click the photo for more information on the speakers and registration.

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 Dr. Kim Cassida, MSU Forage & Cover Crop Specialist.