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



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.

Analysis of the Effects of Four Forage Mixtures Designed for Tennessee and Kentucky Organic Dairy Systems.  Bailey, H. R.  2018.  M.S. Thesis.

Forage test your hay.  Bates, G. E.  2018.  TCA Cattle Business -September.

Alfalfa - queen of the forage crops.  Bates, G. E.  2018.  TCA Cattle Business - October.

Risk and Returns from Grazing Warm Season Grasses.  Boyer, C., K. Zechiel, J. Rhinehart, P. D. Keyser, and G. E. Bates.  2018.  American Forage and Grasslands Council. [Abstract]

Continuous Grazing of Native Warm-Season Grass in the Fescue-Belt.  Brazil, K., P. D. Keyser, and G. E. Bates.  2018.  American Forage and Grasslands Council. [Abstract]

Lowering rumen-degradable and rumen-undegradable protein improved amino acid metabolism and energy utilization in lactating dairy cows exposed to heat stress Kaufman, J.D., K. Pohler, J. T. Mulliniks, and A. Rius.  2018.  Journal of Dairy Science, 101, 8178 - 8192. [Abstract]

Managing Native Grass Forages: Grazing Native Grasses - Early Studies on Native Grass Forages - a Tribute to some Pioneers.  Keyser, P. D.  2018.  Beef and Forage Center monthly web Article, January 2018.

Managing Native Grass Forages: Grazing Native Grasses – Handling Spring Growth from Warm- and Cool-season Grasses – Which Should I Graze Now?.  Keyser, P. D.  2018.  Beef and Forage Center, March 2018.

Native Grass Forage: The Long Road Back, One Step at a Time.  Keyser, P. D.  2018.  NBCI blog, The Bobwhite Roundtable, January 2018.

Native Grass Forages.  Keyser, P. D.  2018.  Cannon Courier, November 2018.

An Overview of Applied Research on Native Warm-season Grass Forages: Where Do We Stand, Where Are We Headed?.  Keyser, P. D.  2018.  Eastern Native Grass Symposium. [Abstract]