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Georgia Forages: Lectures on Video

These videos are recordings of some recent lectures given by members of UGA's Forage Team or guests at some of our Extension Efforts. These lectures cover current topics and management issues . The web-based videos require the Flash Player plug-in and downloadable versions [as Quicktime (*.mov) and Windows Media Player (*.wmv)] are available for most videos. Please see the "Video Player Downloads" section below for more info on how to download a video.

Harvesting Drought Stressed Corn for Forage

In this video, Dr. Dennis Hancock, Assoc. Professor and Forage Extension Specialist at UGA, discusses the potential and challenges for harvesting drought stressed corn for silage or hay. Harvesting Drought Stressed Corn for Forage - YouTube. (Posted 6-10-11)

Plants that are Poisonous to Livestock Video Series

In this video series on "Plants that are Poisonous to Livestock," Dr. Dennis Hancock, Assoc. Professor and Forage Extension Specialist at UGA, introduces the concept of grazing behavior and the fact that some poisonings are a result of animals being inquisitive about the plants in their vicinity, while other incidences are a result of a lack of forage availability. Throughout the video series, Dr. Hancock also discusses several of the more prevalent plants that are poisonous to livestock. Plants that are Poisonous to Livestock Video Series - YouTube. (Posted 2-12-13)

Top 10 Causes of Stand Loss - Part 1

In this first part of a video on the causes of stand loss, Dr. Hancock presents the top 6 causes, including K fertility (which is so important it takes up the top 2 spots), disease issues, soil pH problems, poor rooting depth and associated issues with the lack of topsoil in heavily eroded pastures, and overgrazing. Top 10 Causes of Stand Loss - Part 1 - YouTube 13:05 min. (Posted 2-4-13)

Top 10 Causes of Stand Loss - Part 2

In this second part of a video on the causes of stand loss, Dr. Hancock rounds out the top 10 causes of stand loss. Topics in this part include steps to avoid scalping the hayfield, weed pressure, insect problems, and stressing the crop by cutting it too late into the fall. Top 10 Causes of Stand Loss - Part 2 - YouTube 7:34 min. (Posted 2-4-13)

Nitrogen Fertilization of Winter Forages

Fertilizing your winter forages with nitrogen (N) boosts growth, but if done too early the response of the crop may be disappointing and quite costly. In this video, we discuss how to fertilizer your winter forage grasses with N so that one can get the most economical benefit. Nitrogen Fertilization of Winter Forages - YouTube 4:36 min. (Posted 2-4-13)

Summer Annuals as an Alternative Forage Crop

Sorghum x sudangrass hybrids and pearl millet are two common summer annual forages used in the Southeast U.S. This short video gives a brief overview of their role in southeastern forage systems. Summer Annuals as an Alternative Forage Crop - YouTube 6:52 min. (Posted 2-4-13)

Tall Fescue Management Consideration for Horse Owners

Tall fescue makes for a great forage crop. But, there is a fungus that grows in tall fescue that can produce alkaloids that are toxic to animals that consume it. There are several best management practices that horse owners and other livestock producers should implement. This video provides a brief overview of the subject and details some of these best management practices. Tall Fescue Management Consideration for Horse Owners - YouTube 11:30 min. (Posted 2-4-13)

Why Interseed Alfalfa into Bermudagrass?

Recently, there has been a lot of interest in growing alfalfa in bermudagrass stands. This video provides a basic overview of why one might want to interseed alfalfa into bermudagrass and how one would go about doing it. Why Interseed Alfalfa into Bermudagrass? - YouTube 15:30 min. (Posted 2-4-13)

Poultry Litter Use in Forage Crop Production

Poultry litter is used extensively in the southeastern U.S. as a source of fertility for forage crops. This short video talks about some the pros and cons of using poultry litter from a forage production perspective. Poultry Litter Use in Forage Crop Production - YouTube 6:29 min. (Posted 2-4-13)

Bermudagrass Stem Maggot

Back in July of 2010, a new problem pest began doing damage to bermudagrass stands in Georgia. Known as the bermudagrass stem maggot, this invasive species is a native of southeast Asia. This brief video gives a basic update about what we have learned about this pest. Bermudagrass Stem Maggot - YouTube 7:28 min. (Posted 2-4-13)

Spring Forage Management Update

This is a recording of a spring forage management update program presented jointly to cattle producers from Madison and Elbert counties. This program presents a general overview of some of the key issues faced by these producers in 2012. You can watch the Youtube videos; Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.( Posted 7-2-12)

2012 AFGC Grazing Dairy Symposium

At the 2012 Annual Conference of the American Forage and Grassland Council, several experts working in the field of pasture-based dairy management presented an overview of forage systems and management techniques in the U.S. These presentations were recorded and made available to the public by Dr. Chris Teutsch, Forage Agronomist at Virginia Tech. (Posted 4-23-12)

  1. Optimizing Forage Growth for Pasture-Based Dairy. By Dr. David Barker - Ohio State University (video | PDF handouts)
  2. Forage Systems and Grazing Management for the Southern Forage Systems. By Dr. Dennis Hancock - University of Georgia (video | PDF handouts)
  3. Forage Systems and Grazing Management for the North. By Dr. Robert Kallenbach - University of Missouri (video | PDF handouts)
  4. Breed and Animal Selection Considerations for Seasonal Pasture-based Dairies. By Dr. Steve Washburn - North Carolina State University (video | PDF handouts)

Timely Radio Spots

Though this webpage is primarily for videos, I thought I would share several new segments recorded for the "On The Farm" radio program which airs weekdays between 6:40 and 6:50 am on WVOH 93.5FM in Hazlehurst and WDMG 97.9FM in Douglas and at 6:58 am on WULS 103.7FM in Douglas. This program is coordinated by Eddie McGriff, Coffee County Extension Coordinator.

  1. Interseeding winter annual clover into bermudagrass hayfields (georgiaforages036.mp3).
  2. Alfalfa in South Georgia? Yes, indeed! (georgiaforages037.mp3).
  3. An update on the bermudagrass stem borer - Part I (georgiaforages033.mp3). (Posted 7-25-11)
  4. An update on the bermudagrass stem borer - Part II (georgiaforages034.mp3). (Posted 7-25-11)
  5. An update on the bermudagrass stem borer - Part III (georgiaforages035.mp3). (Posted 7-25-11)
  6. The cattle market outlook (georgiaforages032.mp3). (Posted 7-25-11)
  7. Potassium (K) deficiency in bermudagrass hayfields (georgiaforages030.mp3). (Posted 6-10-11)
  8. The risks and potential dangers of nitrate and prussic acid poisoning (georgiaforages029.mp3). (Posted 6-10-11)

Forage Systems For Goat Production

There is increasing interest in programs that provide a more comprehensive coverage of pasture and forage systems for goats. During the most recent Master Goat Producer program, a presentation entitled "Forage Systems For Goat Production in Georgia") was recorded live at the Univ. of Georgia's Livestock Instructional Arena. It provides detailed information about designing pastures and forage systems for goats. It is divided into four 15-min. segments on YouTube. (Posted 8-15-11)

Forage Systems For Horse Pastures

One of the most common requests that we have for programs is for doing a more comprehensive coverage of pasture and forage systems for horses. This video (georgiaforages028.mov) was shot at the most recent Master Equine program. Recorded live at the Habersham County Recreation Center, this presentation (entitled "Forage Systems For Horse Pastures") provides more information about designing pastures and forage systems for horses. (Posted 3-21-11)

About the 2010 Hay Production School

Our 2010 Hay Production School was a resounding success! Check out this video about the School and some of the work that we've been doing with "enhanced efficiency" N fertilizer products. Note: this video is sponsored by Agrotain International. (Posted 5-17-10)

Piedmont Forage and Grassland Council

The Piedmont Forage and Grassland Council met on March 23, 2010 in Pendleton, South Carolina. It was a very informative session that highlighted some successful production and grazing strategies. Presenters included two nationally renowned researchers in forage and grassland management, as well as two local producers that have been implementing excellent grazing management strategies. Below are the links to the four downloadable videos. On most computers, you can click on the link and stream it from the website. You may also download the video or audio files by right clicking the appropriate link and choosing "Save As" to save it to your computer. (Posted 4-13-10)

 

"Opportunities with Improved Forage Varieties"
Video (.wmv)
Audio Only (.mp3)
Dr. Joe Bouton, The Noble Foundation, Ardmore OK
"Building and Maintaining Soil Fertility in Times of High Input Costs"
Video (.wmv)
Audio Only (.mp3)
Dr. Chris Teutsch, Virginia Tech University, Blackstone VA
Forage Producer Forum
Joe Davis, Westminister SC
Video (.wmv)
Audio Only (.mp3)
Tom Trantham, Happy Cow Creamery, Pelzer SC
Video (.wmv)
Audio Only (.mp3)

 

Bermudagrass Management for Improved Production and Stand Maintenance

This three-part presentation provides a rather broad coverage of the management practices recommended for bermudagrass. This presentation also highlights some of the latest research on the subject at the University of Georgia and the USDA-ARS station in Tifton. Below are the links to the three downloadable videos. On most computers, you can click on the link and stream it from the website. You may also download the video or audio files by right clicking the appropriate link and choosing "Save As" to save it to your computer. (Posted 12-23-09)

Bermudagrass Management - Part I (18 min. 2 sec.) Download (wmv | audio)
Bermudagrass Management - Part II (27 min. 47 sec.) Download (wmv | audio)
Bermudagrass Management - Part III (30 min. 39 sec.) Download (wmv | audio)

2009-10 Hay and Forage Outlook

This lecture was given on 7 Dec. 2009 at the Georgia Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting. This presentation covers national and state inventories of beef and dairy cattle and horses; trends in forage quality in Georgia; and an opportunity to expand the commercial hay market in Georgia by focusing on Relative Forage Quality (RFQ)-based grades. Click here for the Windows Media Player (*.wmv) or listen to the audio (*.mp3) by clicking here. Download the video or audio files by right clicking the appropriate link (here:*.wmv | *.mp3) and choosing "Save As" to save it to your computer. (Posted 12-9-09)

Feeding Less and Grazing More: Winter Grazing Options 2009

This lecture was presented on 2 Sept. 2009 as part of the Winter Grazing Options program presented to the Mid-Georgia Cattlemen's Association. This presentation covers many of the primary forage options (grasses and legumes) that can be used in a winter forage program. This presentation highlights some of the latest research on the subject at the University of Georgia. Click here for the Windows Media Player (*.wmv) or listen to the audio (*.mp3) by clicking here. Download the video or audio files by right clicking the appropriate link (here:*.wmv | *.mp3) and choosing "Save As" to save it to your computer. (Posted 9-7-09)

Winter Annual Herbicide Options

This lecture was presented by Dr. Tim Murphy, Extension Weed Scientist, on 2 Sept. 2009 as part of the Winter Grazing Options program presented to the Mid-Georgia Cattlemen's Association. This presentation covers some of the basic issues of weed control within the context of winter annual forage production. Dr. Murphy also comments on some of the new herbicides options that have recently become available and offers some insight on herbicide options that are likely to be on the market in the next few months. Click here for the Windows Media Player (*.wmv) or listen to the audio (*.mp3) by clicking here. Download the video or audio files by right clicking the appropriate link (here:*.wmv | *.mp3) and choosing "Save As" to save it to your computer. (Posted 9-7-09)

Stockering Beef Cattle: Adding Value to Georgia's Beef Industry

These lectures are from a program for prospective and current stocker operations put on by specialists from the University of Georgia. These meetings address risk management, forage options, health programs, and basic herd management and nutrition of stocker cattle. For more information, click here.

 

  Understanding Risk Management in Stocker Operations
Video (.wmv)
Audio Only (.mp3)
  Curt Lacy, Extension Livestock Economist
  -Risk versus Uncertainty  
  -Retained Ownership (RO)  
  -Sample Budgets  
  -Cost of Gain versus Value of Gain (CG v. VG)  
  -Predicting Future Prices  
  Developing a Forage Plan for Stocker Cattle Video (.wmv)
Audio Only (.mp3)
  Dennis Hancock, Forage Extension Specialist
  -Gain per Acre versus Average Daily Gain  
  -Forage Quality  
  -Observations of Stocker Productivity-Major System Types  
  -Ten Habits of Highly Successful Forage Production  
  Developing a Health Program for Stocker Cattle Video (.wmv)
Audio Only (.mp3)
  Roger Ellis, Beef Cattle Veterinarian
  -Objectives of a Successful Stocker Program  
  -Stocker Health Management  
  -Disease and Parasite Management  
  -Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)  
  Stocker Cattle Management and Nutrition Video (.wmv)
Audio Only (.mp3)
  Lawton Stewart, Extension Beef Nutritionist
  -Basic Management Plan  
  -Sources/Prices for Stockers  
  -Ration Balancing  
  -Identification and Record-Keeping  

 

Strategies for Tight Budgets and Minimal Risk: Regional Forage Trainings - 2009

These lectures are from a series of regional meetings that were held in several locations across Georgia and South Carolina organized by Extension Specialists, County Extension Agents, and staff from the University of Georgia and Clemson University. These meetings addressed the strategies that forage-based livestock producers can implement to survive the current economic crisis. More info can be found by clicking here.

 

  Costs, Risks and Wise Spending in the Cow-Calf Enterprise
Audio Only (.mp3)
  Curt Lacy, Extension Livestock Economist
  - Examine the effect of input prices (past, current, and projections)  
  - Calculate the true cost of cattle and hay production  
  - Make smart spending and management decisions  
  Hay Storage and Feeding Losses Video (.wmv)
Audio Only (.mp3)
  Lawton Stewart, Extension Beef Nutritionist
  - Their effect on overall forage use efficiency  
  - Storage and feeding options  
  - Baled silage benefits  
  Grazing Management Strategies to Improve Efficiency and Reduce Risk

Video (.wmv)
Audio Only (.mp3)

  John Andrae, Forage Extension Specialist, Clemson University
  - Improve forage use efficiency  
  - Improve nutrient cycling  
  - Planning for fall/winter  
  Making Your Fertilizer Investment Less Risky and More Efficient

Video (.wmv)
Audio Only (.mp3)

  Dennis Hancock, Forage Extension Specialist
  - Comparing nutrient sources  
  - Control of N volatilization  
  - Use of legumes  
  Using Poultry Litter for Fertility on Pastures and Hayfields Video (.wmv) Audio Only (.mp3)
  Julia Gaskin, Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator
  - Broiler and hen litter  
  - Fertilization effects on weed encroachment

 

Georgia Forages: More than Just Green Space

Have you ever wondered how many acres of pasture and hayland are in Georgia? The fact is that over 4 million acres of pasture and hayland can be found in Georgia. That is more than the top 10 row and vegetable crops in our state COMBINED! In this presentation, I talk about how important this acres are to our environment and our economy. I go over some of the challenges that our forage-based livestock industries are facing. But, I also highlight some of the amazing opportunities that forage growers in Georgia have available to them. Click here to launch the web-based version (17 min. 32 sec.) or download the video to your computer (wmv). (Posted 2-12-09)

 

Forage Strategies for Modern Times

This presentation is about how to deal with high input prices and be more efficient in these trying times. This presentation was recorded live on 9-23-08 in Swainsboro at the invitation of Marc Crosby, Emanuel County Extension Coordinator. Click here to launch the web-based version (51 min. 38 sec.) or download the video to your computer (wmv). (Posted 11-26-08)

Forage Management Issues for Horse Pastures

This presentation was recorded on 7-15-08 in Jefferson at the invitation of Mark Shirley, Jackson County Extension Coordinator. Mark asked me to talk about basic forage management issues for horse farms. Click here to launch the web-based version (57 min. 39 sec.) or download the video to your computer (wmv).
(Posted 7-22-08)

Legume Management in Georgia

This presentation provides fundamental information about legume use and management in Georgia. This presentation was long (nearly 90 minutes) when originally recorded, so I re-recorded it as a four-part program. Below are links to the four-part web video and downloadable versions of the video.

Legume Management in Georgia - Part I (11 min. 56 sec.) Download (wmv)
Legume Management in Georgia - Part II (30 min. 43 sec.) Download (wmv)
Legume Management in Georgia - Part III (22 min. 47 sec.) Download (wmv)
Legume Management in Georgia - Part IV (24 min. 8 sec.) Download (wmv)
(Posted 7-22-08)

Video Player Downloads

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