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Authors as Published

S. Ray Smith, Extension Specialist, Forages, Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences; Brinkley Benson, Research Associate, Department of Horticulture; and Wade Thomason, Extension Specialist, Grains, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences; Virginia Tech

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Cereal crops are used throughout the world for livestock feed. When they are managed properly they provide excellent grazing and high quality silage or hay. It is important to remember that grazing should occur during the vegetative stage and silage or hay harvest should occur during flowering to early seed fill. Corn is one of the few annual crops that will provide quality forage after seed maturity. In fact, some ask why cereal crops are even considered for silage production given the high yields and high quality of corn.

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Publication Date

December 19, 2018