This site is being renovated, so check back often to see what's new. Last site update: Feb. 11, 2014

Welcome to the Forage Information Service
at Michigan State University

This web site provides a central hub of information on topics relating to forage production and grazinglands use in Michigan. Forages and grazinglands, including pasture, hay, haylage, and silage, are the third most important agronomic crop in Michigan. Michigan's forage industry generates millions of dollars and encompasses over 3.5 million acres of land. Forages and grazinglands feed dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, goats, equines, poultry, swine, and camelids, provide wildlife food and habitat, grow biofuel, protect water quality, and build soil.


  • Results from the 2013 MSU Forage Variety Tests for alfalfa and perennial grasses are posted.
  • Invitations for the 2014 MSU forage variety tests are available on the variety test page. In 2014, we will be conducting conventional alfalfa, Roundup Ready alfalfa, perennial cool-season grass, and annual grass tests.
  • The 2014 Great Lakes Forage and Grazing Conference will be held on March 6, 2014, in East Lansing. We have an exciting program lined up and hope to see you all there.
  • To receive email notifications of updates to this page and other Michigan forage news, contact Dr. Kim Cassida to be added to the notification list.


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Get Involved

If you grow or use forages or are simply interested in the future of Michigan forage/grazing lands and the direction of MSU forage research or MSU Extension programming, become a member of the Michigan Forage Council (MFC). The MFC is the combined forces of the the Michigan Hay and Grazing Council and the Michigan Grazing Lands Conservation Initative and is an important communications link between growers and MSU. Join Now

Is there a forage-related topic you would like to see included on this webpage? Send suggestions and comments to Dr. Kim Cassida, MSU Forage Specialist.

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