How to Produce Above Average Forage?
The four puzzle pieces for excellent quality forage
After reading so much about how important high quality forage is, you may now like to know how we can define it and what the crucial points to pay attention to during forage production are.
We are talking about complex interactions between soil and plants and the weather which are also influenced by agronomical factors and harvesting techniques. Forage of a certain quality can always be produced, however to know on which factors to focus in order that that quality is improved, an understanding of what is really meant by “high quality forage” is required.
To simplify the answer to this question, we have defined four factors - the major puzzle pieces which, when put together, provide a complete picture of forage quality. You can use these as guidelines for help in taking decisions concerning hay and silage making.