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Brad S. Fisher
Research Associate I
Row Crops, Forages, Fruits, Vegetables

Patrick D. (Pat) Keyser
Center for Native Grasslands Management

David McIntosh
Coordinator III
Beef and Forage Center

Groups and Facilities

13 mentions

UT Beef and Forage Center 
Facilitating research and communication to advance the Tennessee Beef and Forage industry.

2 mentions

Center for Native Grasslands Management 
Research includes forage production, biofuels production, restoration of native grassland communities, and wildlife conservation.

2 mentions

Insects & Plant Diseases 
Biological and cultural control, resistant cultivars, and integrated pest management.

1 mention

UT Soil, Plant, and Pest Center 
Soil, media, forage, and grain testing; Insect and plant disease identification; Manure and plant tissue analysis


Fall Forage Field Day, 9/9/2014

Tobacco & Forage Production Field Day, 7/17/2014

Twilight Forage Tour, 7/10/2014

Annual Meeting of Forage Producers to Address Quality Issues, 11/8/2013

Twilight Forage Tour, 7/30/2013

Beef and Forage, 6/13/2013

Tobacco & Forage Production Field Day, 7/19/2012

Twilight Forage Tour, 6/21/2012

Twilight Forage Tour - REC at Greeneville, 6/30/2011

Ames Plantation REC Twilight Forage Tour, 6/21/2011



8 mentions

Forage Research 
UT researchers are looking for the best forage for cattle to produce high quality beef. The goal is to grow hay for cattle in the hot, dry months of summer – when fields are usually barren.

3 mentions

Stocker Cattle 
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee’s top agricultural commodity. Some producers provide a valuable service by running “stocker” or “backgrounding” operations.

3 mentions

Switchgrass Forage 
Experts with UT's Institute of Agriculture believe switchgrass is nutritious for farm animals, and environmentally friendly.

2 mentions

Tennessee is having one of its driest years ever. The National Drought Mitigation Center reports the entire state is experiencing moderate to severe drought.

2 mentions

Preventing Nitrate Toxicity in Cattle 
UT experts talk about the danger of nitrate toxicity and how you can prevent it on your farm.

1 mention

Quonset Barn 
Most barns are square or rectangular, painted red, and with a loft to store hay. But now some Tennessee farmers are looking at a more-modern day barn built to last a long time.

1 mention

Cattle Sell-Off 
Some livestock barns are selling three and four times the usual number of cattle, but that’s not necessarily positive. Many producers have been forced to sell because of drought.

1 mention

It’s a common site on Tennessee farmland – a grazing herd of goats or sheep. But for small animal farmers, their herds can sometimes face health risks.

1 mention

It's been a challenging year for Tennessee agriculture, with hot, dry weather coming at a time when crops needed better growing conditions.


Recent Publications

Single-nucleotide polymorphisms associated with performance traits in beef cattle grazing endophyte-infected tall fescue.  Bastin, B. C.  2013.  M. S. Thesis.

Discovery and validation of single nucleotide polymor- phisms with phenotypic associations in beef cattle grazing endo- phyte-infected tall fescue Bastin, B. C., C. Bagley, B. Campbell, A. Houser, C. J. Kojima, A. M. Saxton, J. C. Waller, and L. Wojackiewicz.  2013.  Journal of Animal Science2013 ASAS/ADSA Joint Annual Meeting, J. Anim. Sci. Vol. 91, E-Suppl. 2/J. Dairy Sci. Vol. 96, E-Suppl. 1 pg. 393.

Forage test your hay.  Bates, G. E.  2013.  November issue Tennessee Cattlebusiness.

Forage and Field Crop Seeding Guide.  Bates, G. E., C. A. Harper, and F. L. Allen.  2013.  PB 378 UT Extension.

Genetic variation and trait associations for forage yield and quality among half-sib families of switchgrass.  Bobbit, M., F. L. Allen, V. Sykes, E. Hughes, and H. Bhandari.  2013.  Poster presented at: ASA, CSSA, and SSSA International Annual Meeting (Nov 3-6, 2013) Tampa, FL.

Forage harvest representation in RUSLE2.  Dabney, S.M., D. C. Yoder, and G. G. Ferruzzi.  2013.  Agronomy Journal, 1076(1):151-167.

Using Conservation Agriculture to Intensify and Stabilize Agricultural Production in Southern Africa (Invited).  Eash, N. S., F. R. Walker, D. M. Lambert, M. Wilcox, M. V. Marake, and C. Thierfelder.  2013.  Proceedings Soil Science Society of America Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL. November 3-6, 2013.

A SNP in the DRD2 gene influences adjusted birth and 205-day weights of calves grazing endophyte-infected tall fescue Ely, K. M., C. J. Kojima, A. M. Saxton, and R. L. Kallenbach.  2013.  Journal of Animal Science2013 ASAS/ADSA Joint Annual Meeting, J. Anim. Sci. Vol. 91, E-Suppl. 2/J. Dairy Sci. Vol. 96, E-Suppl. 1 pg. 536.

Genetic variability for biomass yield, yield components, and ethanol yield among half-sibs of switchgrass.  Hughes, E., F. L. Allen, V. Sykes, M. Bobbit, and H. Bhandari.  2013.  Poster presented at: ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Mtgs. (Nov 3-6) Tampa, FL.

Effects of aminocyclopyrachlor plus metsulfuron on tall fescue growth and forage quality. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Southern Weed Science Society 66:147.  Israel, T. D., G. N. Rhodes, T. C. Mueller, G. E. Bates, and J. C. Waller.  2013.  Proccedings of the Southern Weed Science Society.

An Evaluation of Sulfur Fertilization Effects on Yield, Quality and Nutrient Content of Bermudagrass Hay.  Joines, D. K., and H. J. Savoy.  2013.  Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, in review.

Managing Native Grass Forages: Timing spring grazing on native grass pastures.  Keyser, P. D.  2013.  UT Beef and Forage Center web page, April 2013.