Cool Forages 2013

Brochure and Table of Contents

PREFACE The perceived ‘greeness’ and sustainability of forages is not without merit. More than any other crop, forages are protective of the environment, thanks to massive root systems, long periods of growth and year-round ground cover. Forages shield the soil against salinization and degradation by erosion and subsidence. In fact forages, more than any other crop … read more.


  1. Ecosystem Services from Forages – A.J. Franzluebbers
  2. Opportunities and Challenges in Growing Perennial Forage in Important Wildlife Areas – M. Merkens and D. Bradbeer
  3. Crop Cover Strategies for Annual and Perennial Forages – Y. Lawley
  4. Growing Perennial Forages for Biomass – M.A. Sanderson and I. Cannayen


  1. How Grasses Grow – S. Bittman
  2. How Grasses Respond to Drought – A Model – S. Bittman and D. Hunt
  3. Endophytes – Good and Bad – C.P. West
  4. Foraging Nematodes – Hidden Enemies of Forage Production – T. Forage


  1. Biodiversity in Forage Stands – M.A. Sanderson, S. Goslee and K. Soder
  2. Grass-legume Mixtures: A Valuable Resource for Grassland Based Milk Production – B. Reidy and P. Thomet
  3. Pasture Naturalization – Y.A. Papadopoulos, J. Duynisveld, M.S. McElroy, S.A.E. Fillmore and A. Fredeen
  4. Intra-Specific Competition and Self-Thinning in Orchardgrass – S. Bittman and D. Hunt
  5. Shifts in Pasture Communities Due to Nutrient Imbalances in the Aspen Parkland – S. Bittman, D. Hunt, D. McCartney, J. Waddington and W. Nuttall
  6. The Value of Pasture Weeds – S. Bittman, D. McCartney, D. Hunt and J. Waddington


  1. Breeding for Increased Forage Quality – M.D. Casler
  2. Increasing Winter Hardiness in Alfalfa – A. Bertrand and Y. Castonguay
  3. Persistence of Alfalfa Genotypes in Mixed Stands – S. Bittman, D. McCartney and D. Hunt
  4. Benefits and Risks of Adapting Genetically-Engineered Crops: The Roundup Ready Alfalfa Story – D.H. Putnam and S.B. Orloff
  5. Creating Dedicated Bioenergy Crops – M.D. Casler


  1. Benefits of Perennial Forages in Rotations – B. Jokela and M. Russelle
  2. Nutrient Losses from Forage Stands in the Non-Growing Season – M. Chantigny, M. Maljanen, P. Virkajarvi and M. Oquist
  3. Real-time Simulation Models – A Novel Tool for Farm Nitrogen Management – D. Hunt, S. Bittman and R. Fretwell
  4. Managing Phosphorus – C.G. Kowalenko
  5. Sulphur Deficiency Uncovered: British Columbia Experience – C.G. Kowalenko
  6. How to Improve Nutrient Efficiency of Whole Dairy Farms – S. Bittman, D. Hunt, M.L. Swift, M. Casler, D. Undersander and Y. Papadopoulos


  1. Slurry Application on Grass – S.T.J. Lalor
  2. Developing a Shallow Injection Tine for Slurry Application Into Grasslands – L. Rodhe
  3. Manure Analysis: A Strategy for Improved Nutrient Management and Sustainable Crop Production – K.A. Smith and D.R. Chadwick
  4. Can Slurry Manure Replace Commercial Fertilizer? – D. Hunt, S. Bittman and C.G. Kowalenko
  5. Grass Height Affects Emission of Ammonia from Applied Broiler Manure – S. Bittman, D. Hunt, A.K. Lau and C.G. Kowalenko
  6. Aerating Grassland Prior to Manure Application Reduces Runoff and Nutrient Loads – D. Hunt, S. Bittman, C.G. Kowalenko and L.J.P. van Vliet
  7. Long Term Effects of Manure – D. Hunt, S. Bittman, C.G. Kowalenko, T. Forge, C. Grant, E. Gawalko and D. Raworth
    32.b Notes from the Underground – D. Raworth and T. Forge
  8. Manure on Alfalfa – M. Russelle and B. Jokela
  9. Is Manure Application on Alfalfa a Good Idea? Ontario Experience – B. Ball and C. Brown
  10. Manure Concerns – Pathogens, Antibiotics, and Other Chemicals – M. Russelle
  11. Fertilizing Grass with Municipal Biosolids – D.M. Sullivan


  1. Best Tools for Predicting Forage Harvest Timing to Optimize Yield and Nutritive Value – R.M. Sulc
  2. About Tillers, Maturity and Forage Quality – S. Bittman, D. Hunt and M.L. Swift
  3. The Conundrum of Forage Fiber in Dairy Rations – P.H. Robinson
  4. Forages for Coes in the Transition Period – G.F. Tremblay, G. Belanger, S. Pelletier, E. Charbonneau, M. Oba, D. Pellerin and G. Allard
  5. Lower DCAD Values in a Tall Fescue Variety Selected for Low Grass Tetany – D. Hunt, S. Bittman and M.L. Swift
  6. Taking Advantage of Diurnal Shifts in the Nutritive Value of Forages – R. Berthiaume, G.F. Tremblay, G. Belanger, C. Lafreniere, A. Bertrand, Y. Castonguay, R. Michaud and G. Allard
  7. Increasing Non-Structural Carbohydrates in Forages – G. Belanger, G.F. Tremblay, R. Berthiaume, A. Bertrand, Y. Castonguay, R. Michaud and G. Allard
  8. Pasture Bloat in Ruminants: Cause, Occurrence and Mitigation Strategies – T.A. McAllister, Y. Wang, W. Majak and S. Acharya
  9. Extending the Grazing Season: Swath Grazing by Beef Cows – D. McCartney and V. Baron
  10. Extending the Grazing Season: Stockpile Grazing of Perennial Forages – D. McCartney and V. Baron
  11. Stockpiling Tall Fescue for Winter Grazing by Beef Cows in Interior BC – D. Thompson and D. Veira
  12. Non-confined Winter Feeding in Frozen Regions: Benefits and Risks – K. Ominski, G. Donohoe and D. Flaten
  13. Reducing Greenhouse Gases from Ruminants on Perennial Pastures – A. Iwaasa and R. Lemke
  14. High Forage Diets Improve Quality of Beef for Consumers – P. Mir


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Cool Forages: Advanced Management of Temperate Forages is a collection of informational articles written by forage specialists throughout North America, and edited by Shabtai Bittman and Derek Hunt.

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