Alfalfa hay could be cheaper in the West this spring

Prices are subject to weakness because the biggest customers for alfalfa hay — dairy farmers — are experiencing financial difficulty, especially the ones in California. FULL STORY »

Forage variety selection really pays

Wise selection of perennial forage varieties is the investment return that keeps on giving and giving. FULL STORY »

Understand your cost of production

Here are some free crop and livestock budget tools to help you analyze your expenses, revenue and opportunities. FULL STORY »

Buying or selling feeds? Know their dry matter

It's importance to know the dry matter concentration when buying or selling feeds. Here are some steps to help you price wet feeds. FULL STORY »

Alfalfa-corn rotation increases yield

Farmers usually enjoy a yield boost when corn is planted following an alfalfa crop. The major reasons: reduced pest and disease pressure, better soil structure that enhances root growth and water infiltration, and an altered soil microbial community, says Jeff Coulter, a corn agronomist with University of Minnesota Extension. FULL STORY »

Learn how to successfully feed more forage

If forage quality is low, a high-forage diet is merely a recipe for limiting feed intake and milk production. FULL STORY »

Regional dairy meetings offer calf management, industry advice

Indiana dairy farmers and industry professionals have opportunities to learn about important herd-management topics at six regional dairy meetings in February and March. FULL STORY »

Corn cobs eyed for bioenergy production

Corn crop residues are often left on harvested fields to protect soil quality, but they could become an important raw material in cellulosic ethanol production. USDA research indicates that soil quality would not decline if crop residues were removed from fields. FULL STORY »

‘Corn Advisor’ app available

An app developed by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture can turn a smartphone or tablet into an anytime, any place corn expert. FULL STORY »

Maintain good rumen health

Upcoming Penn State Extension program to explore nutritional and environmental issues related to providing and maintaining good rumen health in high-producing cows. FULL STORY »

Alfalfa in forage system extends feed in drought

Another drought year ahead or not, adding more forages to the grazing mix helps during the annual summer slump, says a University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. FULL STORY »

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