AGRN 5503/6506 Forage Production and Utilization

 ABOUT THE COURSE:

This course will explore grass and legume forage crops. The crops are considered from the standpoint of
(a) pasture crops, (b) hay and silage crops, (c) soil-improving crops and (d) energy crops.

Undergraduate and graduate students will :
  • Learn the uses of forage plants, forage plant morphology, physiology and ecology, forage species, and agronomics (planting and fertilization).
  • Learn about forage utilization, including feeding value, preservation (hay and silage), grazing management and forage systems for beef cattle and horses.
In addition, graduate students will:
  • Write an in-depth review paper that conforms to scientific journal format, and make an oral presentation consistent with procedures for the national meetings of the Agronomy Society of America.
  • Make a 15-minute oral presentation based on guidelines for presentations at the National Meetings of the Agronomy Society of America.
A one day field excursion will be conducted to observe some of the topics discussed in class. It will serve as a basis for a writing assignment. The excursion will be video recorded for distance learning students.
 

LECTURE:

Taught in spring semester. 3 credits

PREREQUISITE: 

Junior or senior standing required for undergraduates, admission to Graduate School required for graduate students.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: 

Southern Forages, Fourth Edition (2007), by Ball, Hoveland and Lacefield, published by the International Plant Nutrition Institute, ISBN -10: 0962959863, ISBN-13: 978-09629598.

It is essential to buy this book because it is the exclusive resource for numerous sections of the class.

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For More Information

David I. Bransby
Professor Emeritus