Advanced Forage Management 1999 - PDF's of each chapter

1.  How Grasses Grow

  • The grass plant
  • Germination
  • Leaf growth
  • How does leaf death affect forage production?
  • Stem growth and reproduction
  • Root growth
  • Tiller growth
  • Energetics of growth

2.  Grasses - Good and Bad

  • Perennial grasses - tall
  • Perennial grasses - short
  • Weedy grasses - perennial
  • Weedy grasses - annual
  • How to tell the clovers apart

3.  Nutrient Managment

  • Whole farm perspective
  • Nutrient cycling in forage crops
  • The latest information on nitrogen fertilization
  • Management of nutrients in manure
  • Soil and plant analysis - use a lab or do it yourself
  • Other nutrients and lime
  • Nutrients and feed quality

4.  Weed Management

  • Do weeds affect forage yield?
  • Weeds affect forage quality - and it's not all bad
  • Anti-quality factors
  • Effect of weeds on commercial value of forage
  • Weed lifecycles
  • Strategies for weed management

5.  Grazing Management

  • Pasture growth dynamics
  • Herbage intake - animal factors
  • Herbage intake - forage factors
  • Intensive grazing systems for coastal BC and the PNW
  • Principles of rotational grazing
  • A tale of 4 dairy farms - grazing success stories
  • Ten tips for success
  • The latest stratey for reducing bloat on legume pastures

6.  Rise and Decline of Forage Stands

  • Raising new forage stands
  • Which forages maintain production best?
  • Grasses and white clover
  • Response to irrigation
  • Orchardgrass and tall fescue
  • Decline of forage stands - why it happens

7.  Forage Quality

  • Plant structure
  • Assessing forage quality
  • Forage protein explained
  • Making silage: the fermentation process
  • Absorbents reduce silage effluent
  • Using maturity differences to spread the harvesting season
  • Effect of leaf diseases on nutritional quality of grasses