PSS 143 / ASCI 143
Forage and Pasture Management
Next Offered: Fall
Forage crops and grasslands play a central role in sustainable, diversified agriculture. PSS 143/ASCI 143, Forage and
Pasture Management, covers the scientific principles and
applications of the production, management, and utilization of
and annual forage plants used by ruminant and equine livestock. The
involve a combination of lectures, reading assignments, "hands-on"
farm visits, problem solving exercises, quizzes and exams.
Bosworth, Plant and Soil Science Dept., 208 Jeffords Hall
Phone: 656-0478 email: email@example.com
is a hybrid course that includes on-line lectures/quizzes/reading
assignments plus a four hour block every Monday afternoon used for field and lab time.
Refer to the Registrar website for specifics.
Three credits in BIOL or PBIO or permission
The following topics will be covered:
- Introduction to forage/livestock systems in the Northeast
- Forage quality for meeting the nutritional needs of ruminants and equine
- Perennial and annual forage species
- Formulating mixtures for pasture
- Forage seed and principles of
- Forage plant morphology, growth and
- Defoliation physiology and applications for pasture and hay management
- Soil fertility and nutrient
management of forage systems
- Grazing basics and pasture management
- Cutting management for grasses,
- Hay quality and storage
- Silage fermentation and management
- Forage-related animal disorders
The major objectives of the field
are to provide some "hands on" activities involving forage and grazing management
to visit various types of farms to observe their management of forage
crops and pastures.
Students should always come prepared for inclement weather (old shoes,
work clothes, raincoat).
Materials and Text:
Most of the reading material for this
course will be in downloadable format (pdf) that will be posted on the
course blackboard website. There will also be several books on reserve at
library under PSS/ASCI 143.
There is at least one independent project
the course of the semester plus regular assignments. A handout will be given the first day of
for each assignment providing instructions, due dates and grading
The specifics will be posted at the
beginning of the
semester but about half of the final grade is based on tests and exams
and the rest is based on the project, assignments and attendance.
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