Forage Crops Overview
Forage crops are grown for livestock to graze on the plants and stems, to make hay, or to turn into silage. Forage crops are used to feed livestock over the winter because they are not able to graze when there is snow on the ground. Livestock can be fed cereal crops, but forage crops are more common as they are cheaper.
When snow is covering the ground, cows eat forage crops.
Alfalfa is one of the most commonly grown forage crops in Saskatchewan. Growing corn for a forage crop is also becoming more popular in Saskatchewan.
Alfalfa blooms purple flowers.
Many grain crops that have been damaged by weather can be used for livestock feed. These crops include barley, oats, triticale, millet, and ryegrass.