Positive 2024 Forage Outlook: The challenges that could still arise

The recent rain and increases in topsoil moisture means more forage growth.

After several growing seasons filled with drought, this year’s forage outlook appears to be positive heading into the growing season.


The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows that some pockets of dryness are still sticking around, but more moisture is present for many areas.

Even with the positive forage outlook, production for the crop will face its challenges. A forage specialist told DTN it really depends on how much rainfall pastures and range land will see later in the growing season because conditions can quickly deteriorate if moisture is not seen. He predicts with the increased winds seen as of late, forage is only about four days from issues.

Alfalfa acres are expected to remain stable this year especially with higher hay prices but growers are advised to watch out for weevils.


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