2017 Michigan Forage Variety Test Report now available

Forage producers can increase profitability by using the best forage varieties available.

MSU 2017 forage variety trials in East Lansing, Michigan. Photo by Phil Kaatz, MSU Extension.
MSU 2017 forage variety trials in East Lansing, Michigan. Photo by Phil Kaatz, MSU Extension.

Michigan is home to a diverse agricultural community and forage crops are integrated into many of these different types of operations. While the weather is one factor producers cannot control, there are other factors where producers can make decisions that will have a high impact on profitability. Selecting and using improved forage varieties for better yield per acre is recommended by Michigan State University Extension.

Many forage producers are faced with competition with other crops for limited agricultural acreage, and so optimizing forage production yield and efficiency per acre is critical for long-term economic viability. To assist producers in selecting well-adapted and productive forage varieties, the “2017 Michigan Forage Variety Test Report” is now available online at MSU Forage Connection.

The “2017 Michigan Forage Variety Test Report” includes 2017 yield trials for alfalfa, red clover, annual grasses and perennial forage grasses conducted at East Lansing, Chatham and Lake City, Michigan. The long-term yield averages for alfalfa, annual and perennial forage grasses varieties are available dating back to 2006. Fall dormancy ratings, winter survival index and disease-resistance ratings for alfalfa cultivars and planting recommendations for perennial grasses are included to guide hay and livestock producers.

For more information, contact Kim Cassida, MSU forage specialist, at cassida@msu.edu, or Phil Kaatz, MSU Extension educator, at 810-667-0341 or kaatz@msu.edu.

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