Forage Fact Sheet: Factors Affecting Hay Quality

Forage Fact Sheet: Factors Affecting Hay Quality

October 26, 2021

If a forage crop is to be sown with the primary aim of making hay, a suitable variety should be chosen. As not all crops and varieties are equally suitable for haymaking, care should be taken when making the final selection.

The quality of forage crops changes over time, as they grow older and taller. Late cutting may lead to a potentially greater yield but the quality be lower. The time to cut will depend on the quantity and quality of hay required.

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