• Will my alfalfa survive the coming winter?

    Will my alfalfa survive the coming winter?

  • Reed canarygrass – love it or hate it

    Reed canarygrass – love it or hate it

  • Understanding the role of forages in Upper Peninsula potato rotations

    Understanding the role of forages in Upper Peninsula potato rotations

  • Establishing pasture on clay soils

    How can cover crops and annual forage crops be included in pasture re-establishment on clay soils? Should they be?

  • The grassfed beef market is growing

    The grass-fed beef market is growing!

  • Improve silage bunk management

    Air and water damage in bunks causes corn silage losses. How can you prevent it?

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 pasture, 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.

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Send suggestions and comments regarding this webpage to Dr. Kim Cassida, MSU Forage Specialist.