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Learn How to Evaluate Annual Forages for Beef Cattle

Learn How to Evaluate Annual Forages for Beef Cattle
By Hilary Pierce and Jacqueline Comito
Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at noon about a current research project that assesses forage quality and potential yield of various annual crops.
Incorporating annual forages into Iowa’s cropping system provides flexibility for land use, alternative forage availability at times of limited perennial forage for cattle, as well as other conservation practices. In an effort to benchmark utilization of winter and summer annuals as a forage resource for beef cattle, forage test plots at three outlying Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms have been established to evaluate nutrient quality and potential yield.
forages.Erika Lundy, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will share the current results of this research project, which aims to provide research-based information that will help establish reasonable expectations in terms of forage quality and yield of various cover crop and summer annuals.
“In addition to the alternative forage resource annuals bring to farming enterprises, forages are valuable additions for preserving Iowa farmland’s soil and water quality,” said Lundy, whose current extension and research programs are focused on beef cattle nutrition and forage management to improve profitability on the farm level.
To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon on Aug. 26, click this URL, or type this web address into your internet browser:
Or, go to and enter meeting ID: 364 284 172. Or, join from a dial-in phone line by dialing: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923; Meeting ID: 364 284 172.
The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the Iowa Learning Farms website, so that it can be watched at any time.
A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for, for those who are able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the credit (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live webinar.
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