Research and Education for Profitable Forage Production and Utilization
Photo credit: Keith Johnson, Brad Shelton, Jason Tower
What We Do
Forages connect many aspects of our lives. By managing healthy forages (grasses, legumes, and forbs), we contribute to a healthy ecosystem:
When forages cover a landscape, soil erosion is minimal, and water quality is improved.
Thriving forages provide nutrition essential for optimal livestock health and performance.
The end products of meat, milk and fiber provide necessities for a growing population.
Forages offer a beneficial habitat to wildlife.
Because legumes produce nitrogen, the addition of nitrogen fertilizer to enhance grass growth is not necessary on a field with legumes and grasses growing together.
Someday, high-fiber forages could be converted to a fuel resource.
The Indiana Forage Council knows all this, and that is why we promote forage production, research, management, utilization, and marketing. We host professional events across the state and, along with the American Forage and Grassland Council, provide competitions and professional development opportunities for our members.
Dr. Shelby Gruss, Post-doctoral researcher at Purdue University, gave an update on the Purdue University dhurrin-free sorghum research at the 2022 Indiana Forage Council’s annual meeting. The absence of dhurrin eliminates the fear of hydrogen cyanide poisoning when immature or stressed sorghum forage are consumed by livestock.
Devon Churchill explained the value of making improvements by implementation of a rotational stocking system to the Churchill Farms’ pasture management program at the 2022 Indiana Forage Council Annual Meeting.
Justin Waldrip (hand raised), Sure-Tech Laboratories lab director and Indiana Forage Council Director, gave a tour of the soil, forage, and feed laboratory after the Indiana Forage Council’s annual meeting, and before a meal and seminar speakers.