Early season forage supplies

What are the different options to increase early forage produced on your operation? Your approach and priorities will depend on whether you need forage for lactating cows, dry cows, growing heifers or bred heifers. FULL STORY »

Know dry matter when buying or selling feeds

Water in feeds dilutes nutrients that have economic value. A new Dairy Issue Briefs article from The Ohio State University can help you price wet feeds more accurately. FULL STORY »

The 2001 Dairy NRC lives on

Many people still use the 2001 National Research Council (NRC) computer model to evaluate dairy cattle diets. Now there is a new version available for download. FULL STORY »

Alfalfa weevil starts to emerge; growers need to scout fields

Indiana has had enough warm, spring days for alfalfa growers to start seeing alfalfa weevil emerging in their fields. So producers should be scouting for the pest now instead of waiting to see obvious damage before doing anything about it, a Purdue Extension entomologist says. FULL STORY »

N is key to uptake of other corn nutrients, study shows

A historical analysis of corn research shows that new hybrids are taking up more nitrogen than older plant varieties after the crucial flowering stage, a clue as to how plant scientists will need to adapt crops to increase yields. FULL STORY »

Want to get better forage quality?

What are the things you need to change in order to improve forage quality or get more forage into the diet, and are you willing to change them? FULL STORY »

Advanced Topics in Feed Management Conference is May 9

The Penn State Extension Dairy Team is hosting a one-day conference examining current topics in the precision feeding of dairy cattle. FULL STORY »

Successful nutrient management begins with soil sampling

Soil analysis and fertilizer recommendations are only as good as the samples you submit. FULL STORY »

Remain aware of the potential for herbicide carryover in 2013

Dry soil conditions, similar to those experienced during the 2012 growing season, often slow the rate of herbicide degradation and increase the potential for damage to rotational crops from herbicide carryover. FULL STORY »

Preparation, double-checking are key to spring planting safety

The sun is shining and soil temperatures are rising, but a Purdue Extension agricultural safety specialist says farmers shouldn't let their enthusiasm for spring planting lead to injuries. FULL STORY »

Soil temp, field conditions outweigh calendar date

It is generally recommended to plant when soil temperatures are at or above 50 degrees and the near-term forecast shows a warming trend. Planting into cold, wet soils inflicts stress on corn seed emergence, as does planting just ahead of a cold spell. FULL STORY »

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