Forage Research

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Hem Bhandari
Assistant Professor
Bioenergy/biomass Feedstock

Brad S. Fisher
Research Associate I
Row Crops, Forages

Patrick D. (Pat) Keyser
Native grasslands management

David McIntosh
Coordinator III
Beef and Forage Center

Renata Nave Oakes
Assistant Professor
Forage Systems and Management

Alvin R. (Al) Womac
Equipment performance & environmental impact

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 
Forage production, biofuels production, restoration of native grassland communities, and wildlife conservation.

(1 mention)

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


Tobacco & Forage Production Field Day, 7/21/2016



2019 AgResearch Director’s Awards, 11/5/2019

UTIA/MTSU Partnership Establishes Organic Forage Cropping Systems, 3/8/2018

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center, 5/6/2017

Taking a Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy, 11/7/2016

Our Fondest Memories: Our Tribute to John Hodges, 7/24/2016

Five Things You Didn't Know about the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 5/24/2016

Summer 2016 Upcoming Events, 5/16/2016


(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)

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

(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.

(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)

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)

Hay Auction 
As fall approaches, Tennessee farmers must stock up on hay to feed their cattle through the winter. But sometimes a year of iffy rainfall may force animal owners to look beyond their farms for forage.

(1 mention)

Native Grasslands 
Native grasses make up an important contribution to overall forage production and UTIA is working to help this critical part of our state's cattle industry and Ag economy.

(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

Analysis of the effects of four forage mixtures designed for Tennessee and Kentucky organic dairy systems.  Bailey, H.R.  2019.  M.S. Thesis.

Forages for grassfed operations.  Bates, G. E.  2019.  TCA Cattle Business - January.

Impact of forage sward species composition on labile soil organic matter and soil microbial activity.  Beal, S. K., G. E. Bates, G. M. Pighetti, S. R. Smith, and D. M. Butler.  2019.  SSSA International Soils Meeting.

Summary of Economic and Production Performance of Grazing Native Grasses as Forage in the Fescue Belt.  Boyer, C., and P. D. Keyser.  2019.  Agriculture and Resource Economics, Research Report.

Seasonal Hay Feeding for Cattle Production in the Fescue Belt Boyer, C., D. M. Lambert, A. P. Griffith, C. D. Clark, and B. C. English.  2019.  Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, pp 1-14. [Abstract]

Impact of perennial warm-season grass forages on profitability of tall fescue-based beef cattle operations.  Brazil, K., P. D. Keyser, A. P. Griffith, C. Boyer, J. T. Mulliniks, and G. E. Bates.  2019.  American Forage and Grasslands Council Annual Meeting, January 6-9, 2019, St. Louis, MO., poster.

Risk and returns to forage mixtures in a beef grazing system.  Brazil, K., P. D. Keyser, C. Boyer, and A. P. Griffith.  2019.  Agricultural and Applied Economics Association annual meeting, Atlanta, GA July 21-23., 2019, poster.

Forage Analysis Definitions J.A. Proctor, J. L. Ivey, J. K. Smith, G. E. Bates, and D. McIntosh.  2019.  SP 774.

Are Native Summer Forages a Practical Alternative?.  Keyser, P. D.  2019.  Virginia Forage and Grasslands Council Winter Conference, proceedings, 2019.

Establishing Native Grass Forages.  Keyser, P. D.  2019.  Virginia Forage and Grasslands Council Winter Conference, proceedings, 2019.

Establishing Native Grass Forages.  Keyser, P. D.  2019.  35th Annual SW Missouri Spring Forage Conference, proceeding, 2019.

Straight Talk on Native Grass Forages.  Keyser, P. D.  2019.  35th Annual SW Missouri Spring Forage Conference, proceeding, 2019.