Corn and forage for hay growing well in Missouri
Regional agronomists reported increased use of balage to store forage. Hay is cut at high moisture content, baled and wrapped in plastic before it dries. That creates silage in a bag.
“Ensiled hay makes excellent winter feed,” Kallenbach said.
Wet weather created growing conditions for ergot in seed heads. The fungus can remain toxic in baled hay, causing health problems when fed next winter.
Removing fescue seed heads before they emerge is the key to good grazing—and quality hay, Kallenbach said. That can be done by early grazing or mowing.
Answering a question about using a brush hog to remove seed heads, Kallenbach said he hasn’t seen much of that. “It’s best to graze the first-cutting fescue and then harvest regrowth for hay. That makes hay high in protein and total digestive nutrients.”
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