Submitted to: Grassland International Congress
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/24/2000
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Photosynthesizing forage plants accumulate total nonstructural carbohydrates (TNC) during daylight, but then TNC concentrations are reduced during the night. Afternoon-cut forage (PM) has greater TNC value and also greater economic value, than does morning-cut (AM). Cattle, sheep, goats, and horses prefer PM-cut hay and this can be readily demonstrated by offering animals a choice of hays cut in PM and AM. Alfalfa growers in the western United States are readily adopting PM-cutting technology.