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Arkansas producers grow some of the best quality hay in the south. Producing high-yielding
and top-quality hay requires attention to harvest management, soil fertility, pest
management, and good storage methods.
Hay, silage, and crop residues are mainly fed during winter, but can be used anytime
to supplement low pasture availability.
Good quality hay can be made from almost all forage species grown in Arkansas. But
every species including alfalfa can be very poor quality if allowed to become too
Forage quality is influenced mainly by maturity of the forage at harvest time and
to a lesser extent by soil fertility. Fiber content of the forage increases as the
forage matures and is the primary factor that controls the animal's intake.
Visual evaluation of hay may indicate good or poor forage condition, but a lab analysis
is the only way to determine nutrient content. Hay samples can be tested for nutrient
content by the University of Arkansas Forage Lab and by private laboratories.
Learn about nitrate poisoning in cattle
The web-based Arkansas Hay Producers Directory from the University of Arkansas Cooperative
Extension Service was created to allow Arkansas producers to share information about
their available hay. Click on link below to learn more or enroll in the program.
Learn more about the hay producers database
The web-based Arkansas Bermudagrass Spriggers Directory from the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service was created to allow
Arkansas producers to share information about their bermudagrass production.
Learn more about the Bermudagrass directory.
Find out more about nitrate poisoning in cattle.