• 2019 Forage Research Field Day

    Did you ever wonder where Michigan State University Extension gets its recommendations for best forage practices? From research, that’s where! Mark your calendars for the Forage Research Field Day being held at the Michigan State University Agronomy Farm (4450 Beaumont Road, East Lansing, Michigan) on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. Our team of faculty, extension specialists, and students will showcase completed and ongoing projects with a field tour featuring harvest timing of reduced lignin alfalfa, managing alfalfa autotoxicity, interseeding alfalfa with corn silage, forage variety testing, management of mycotoxins in corn silage, development of precision technology tools, and options for emergency and alternative forages. Click the photo for more information and preregistration for this FREE event.

  • Delayed Planting Resources

    The weather in 2019 has been hard on crops, including forages. MSUE has created a central page with all of our updated delayed planting resources in in one place. Click the photo to visit 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 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.