Ecosystem Services Provided by Grass-Legume Pastures

Perennial peanut ground covering. Legumes, hay, feedstock. UF/IFAS Photo.

Grasslands produce far more than beef and milk. They provide ecosystem services that benefit people and the environment. This new 3-page document discusses how integrating forage legumes into grasslands enhances their capacity to provide ecosystem services, such as C sequestration, habitat for wildlife and pollinators, water catchment and purification, and nutrient cycling. Written by Jose Dubeux, Jr., Lynn Sollenberger, Mark Mauldin, and Liza Garcia, and published by the UF/IFAS Agronomy Department, October 2018.

Annual Warm-Season Legumes for Florida and the US Gulf Coast: Forage Yield, Nutritional Composition, and Feeding Value (AN259)

High-quality forage legumes that can be grown during the warm-season are scarce in Florida and the Gulf Coast region. Seeded warm-season legumes, such as cowpea, soybean, and pigeonpea, are less expensive and faster to establish than perennial peanut, and they could provide nutritious forage to complement beef cattle and other ruminant animal feeding programs. This 5-page fact sheet summarizes the results of three years of field trials and two feeding trials conducted at North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna, located in northwest Florida. Written by Jamie Foster, Robert Myer, A.T. Adesogan, Jeffery Carter, Lynn Sollenberger, and Ann Blount, and published by the UF Department of Animal Science, January 2011.

AN255 The Annual Cultivated Peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) as a Potential Forage Crop for Livestock in the Southeastern U.S.

AN255, a 5-page fact sheet by R. O. Myer, A. T. Adesogan, A. R. Blount, D. W. Gorbet, and B. L. Tillman, provides livestock producers with information on the use of annual cultivated peanut as a potential forage crop in the Southeast — forage production trial results, nutritional value, feeding value, and use as forage for grazing. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Animal Sciences, December 2010.

SL306/TR003 Sunn Hemp – A Cover Crop in Florida

Revised! SL-306 (formerly SS-AGR-96), a 4-page illustrated fact sheet by Yuncong Li, Qingren Wang, Waldemar Klassen, Edward A. Hanlon, Jr., describes this green manure crop that has been grown for centuries in Southeast Asia — origin and distribution, description, uses, production and harvest, and seed production. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Sciences, August 2009.