Quote of the Month: Bare Soil Grows No Forage

This statement is obvious, but it expresses a concept that every forage-livestock manager needs to keep in mind. Leaves are like solar panels that capture energy from the sun. If there is no forage stand, or only a thin forage stand, little energy will be captured. Practices that favor good stand establishment create potential for solar collection and photosynthesis. Subsequent grazing management that favors development and maintenance of ample leaf area will result in high photosynthesis and more forage production. Growing more leaves allows grazing of more leaves. Go to the UK Forage Website under Forage Books to order your copy of Forage-Livestock Quotes and Concepts