Forage and Pasture Management
Oklahoma is the nation’s fifth-largest producer of hay, with forage and hay produced on pastureland playing a significant role in the prosperity of farms and ranches involved in livestock production, which generates billions of dollars to the state economy annually. Approximately 20 different grass and legume species are grown for pasture and hay in Oklahoma.
The OSU Extension Forage and Pasture Management program provides timely and relevant resources to assist producers in making the best possible decisions when adjusting for differences in plant species, soil types, precipitation amounts, temperature and similar considerations. You can also access up to date Fact Sheets about Pastures and Forage on the OSU Extension web site.
GrazeOK is a user-friendly electronic version of the Oklahoma grazing stick, which allows fast and proper estimation of stock density, number of pastures, grazing and rest days by simply measuring plant height and canopy cover with a yardstick and inputting them in your phone.
Forage Assessment and Grazing
Access the latest research-based OSU fact sheets and reports detailing Forage Assessment and Grazing information and tools available to producers.
Forage Quality and Testing
Learn how to easily interpret, evaluate and collect samples for use in forage testing. The results from forage testing are used to properly calculate ration formulations, estimate feeding value and establish market price for hay sales.
Oklahoma Forage and Pasture Fertility Guide
This online publication simplifies the often complex questions producers, educators and Certified Crop Advisers may have about fertilization of forages and pastures. It is not a replacement for good management, but rather a road map to help good managers get even better.