High-quality forages help cut feed costs

High-quality forage with careful use of grain ration makes a difference on annual profits on dairy farms. In different ways, three specialists hit that theme at the University of Missouri Dairy Field Day, June 20. FULL STORY »

Mixed forage plantings create ration balancing challenges

Planting mixed forages can have significant variation across the field. Variation of feedstuffs causes problems in dairy ration balancing. FULL STORY »

Managed haying of CRP acreage available after Aug. 1

Brad Pfaff, State Executive Director of the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that participants enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) may request to hay certain acreage enrolled in CRP. FULL STORY »

Winterkill losses put pressure on forage supplies

In areas of Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, and Iowa, alfalfa winterkill is widespread. Agronomy professor Dan Undersander of the University of Wisconsin estimates that at least 1 million acres of alfalfa in Wisconsin and 0.75 to 1 million additional acres were winterkilled in Minnesota and the Dakotas. FULL STORY »

Dairy Focus: Reduce feed bunk shrink to improve profitability

Feed shrinkage can be costly and is caused by many factors. While you are always going to have some shrinkage, the goal should be to minimize it. FULL STORY »

Expert offers tips to reduce hay-drying time

While producers might find it challenging to get hay dry in early June due to changing weather conditions, there are steps they can take to get the crop up quickly and reduce the potential for rain damage, a forage expert with Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences says. FULL STORY »

Feed Management Plan Writing workshop set

Feed Management Plan Writing plans to hold a workshop to satisfy NRCS requirements on June 19, 2013. The event will take place at 9:00 am – 3: 00 pm at the Lancaster County Cooperative Extensive Office, 1383 Arcadia Road, Room 140, Lancaster, PA. FULL STORY »

Cover crops for prevented plant acres

The snowy, rainy spring of 2013 has left many farmers making the decision to put some, or all, of their acres into the prevented plant insurance option. FULL STORY »

Producers should be aware of potential for hay fires

Recent rainfall combined with rising ambient temperatures in the southern Great Plains should serve as a signal for agricultural producers to monitor their hay. FULL STORY »

Free Ag Emergency Permits to continue in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has directed the state ag and transportation agencies to continue issuance of free Agricultural Emergency Permits allowing the transport of heavier loads of hay bales along state and local roadways. FULL STORY »

Ration strategies for hot weather

One of the most difficult feeding challenges faced by dairy farmers is the dropoff in feed intake and milk production during the summer. FULL STORY »

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