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.
This circular is designed to help forage and livestock producers with the complex
fertilization questions they face, and itis unique in that it covers simple management practices in addition to a range of
complex interactions related to forage and pasture fertility. This guide simplifies
the complexity into practical situations that can be used by producers, Extension
educators, and Certified Crop Advisers in effective, profitable and environmentally-sound
management decisions regarding forage and pasture fertility practices. It is not a
replacement for good management; rather, it is the road map to help good managers
get even better.
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.
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. GrazeOK app tutorial SUNUP TV show transcript
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.