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

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



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

New Forage Analysis Method will Better Serve Tennessee Livestock Producers, 8/22/2014


(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

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.

Landscape and pesticide effects on honey bees: forager survival and expression of acetylcholinesterase and brain oxidative genes Alburaki, M., S. J. Steckel, E. McDermott, M. Weiss, J. A. Skinner, H. M. Kelly, et al., and S. D. Stewart.  2017.  Apidologie.

Qualitative analysis of nine forage mixtures designed for Southeastern U.S. organic dairy production.  Bailey, H. R., D. M. Butler, G. E. Bates, G. M. Pighetti, D. McIntosh, and A. Rius.  2017.  J. Dairy Sci., Vol. 100 (suppl.2):130.

Nutritive analysis of four spring forage mixtures for organic dairy production in the Southeastern United States.  Bailey, H. R., D. M. Butler, G. E. Bates, G. M. Pighetti, P. D. Krawczel, S. R. Smith, K. Mercier, D. McIntosh, and A. Rius.  2017.  UT Beef and Forage Center, 2nd Annual Graduate Research Poster Symposium and Competition.

Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council.  Bates, G. E.  2017.  TCA Cattle Business. Oct.

2017 Forage and Field Crop Seeding Guide for Tennessee.  Bates, G. E., C. A. Harper, D. McIntosh, M. A. McClure, T. B. Raper, and V. R. Sykes.  2017.  UT Extension, PB 378.

Integrating annual and perennial forages in organic vegetable cropping rotations.  Butler, D. M.  2017.  Cover Crops and Forage Utilization in Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems II, 2017 ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meetings, Tampa, FL, Oct. 22-25.

Sustainable alternatives for nitrogen fertilization of tall-fescue and its effects on yield and forage quality.  Corbin, M. D., and R. N. Oakes.  2017.  M.S. Thesis.

Dairy cows and heifers prefer to calve in a bedded pack barn or natural forage compared to open pasture.  Edwards, E., K. L. Proudfoot, H. M. Dann, and P. D. Krawczel.  2017.  212 in Proceedings of the 51st International Congress of the International Society of Applied Etholo.

Influences of height-based management on forage nutritive value of four warm-season forage grasses Gelley, C. H., R. N. Oakes, and G. E. Bates.  2017.  Crop, forage, turfgrass mangement, v 3.

Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance as a Risk Management Tool.  Griffith, A. P.  2017.  University of Tennessee Extension Publication, W 343.

Managing Forage Risk: Specie Diversification and PRF Insurance Griffith, A. P.  2017.  Drovers Cattle Network.