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About Forage Production Extension

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The forage team at University of Minnesota Extension pursues research, plants test plots with cooperating farmers, and provides statistical analysis from hay market sales data. As they discover new information on alfalfa, corn silage, and other forage crops they share it with farmers who grow and use forage as feed for their animals.

We help predict the best times to harvest, provide nutrient analysis, and try out new inputs and products that go past the sales talk and let producers know what really works and why based on unbiased research.

We serve Minnesota hay and forage growers, livestock producers, commercial hay producers, and agricultural professionals. We conduct research on forage production, host the annual Minnesota Forage Days, manage on-farm demonstration plots, conduct varietal trials on a number of different forage crops, and publish the Forage Quarterly, a newsletter that highlights research-based information.

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