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.
- 2017 Michigan Forage Variety Test Report (alfalfa, clovers, and grasses)
- 2018 Michigan Corn Varieties Compared (includes corn silage)
- 2019 MSU Weed Control Guide
- MSUE Ag News
- Michigan Hay Sellers List
- MSU Weeds page
- MSU Soil Fertility page
- MSU Enviroweather
- MSU Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Lab
- MSU Plant & Pest Diagnostic Lab
- Michigan Forage Council
- Midwest Cover Crops Council
Send suggestions and comments regarding this webpage to Dr. Kim Cassida, MSU Forage & Cover Crop Specialist.