Be mindful when harvest, grazing cover crops

With a little care, producers in need of extra forage can utilize the forage potential of cover crops without jeopardizing their crop insurance benefits. FULL STORY »

The cold temperatures and alfalfa

Concern always arises in cold periods over winter about the effect of the low temperatures on alfalfa winter survival. FULL STORY »

Palmer amaranth will cause challenges for forage producers

Populations of Palmer amaranth in Michigan are resistant to glyphosate and ALS-inhibiting herbicides. FULL STORY »

The value of hay as fertilizer

This time of year, many producers are feeding cows hay. Have you ever stopped to think about what the dollar value of the nutrients in the hay are worth as fertilizer once they have been processed by the cow? FULL STORY »

Ask the Silage Dr: Organic use inoculants

I’m an organic producer and am interested in trying an inoculant on my forages. However, my certifier has warned me that some inoculants may not be suitable for my use. Is there anything I should be looking for in an inoculant to help me determine which I can use? FULL STORY »

Crop costs conversation: Get the most out of cropping plans

The variety of production systems make it difficult for any one farm to truly know the cost to feed its herd when basing prices solely on the prevailing market. Though analysts do a reasonable job approximating the market costs for feedstuffs like corn silage and alfalfa haylage, actual producer costs can vary greatly within the same state. For this reason, it pays to know the true costs to produce the crops fed on the dairy farm. FULL STORY »

Plan now for summer forages and grazing

You probably don't want to think about summer forages and grazing with all of the talk about dangerous wind chills, the polar vortex, and lots of snow. However, you should be because spring and summer are just around the corner. FULL STORY »

Not all inoculants are created equal

It is well established that inoculants can be effective silage management tools. What is not always clear is what makes inoculants different, and what producers should look for when purchasing an inoculant. FULL STORY »

Get more out of your feed supply: Cover hay piles properly

Hay producers across the country are increasingly aware of the need to protect their alfalfa production from weather damage. FULL STORY »

Seed legumes on snowy frozen field, says MU forage specialist

Winter seeding clover over grass pastures works best in February. Frozen fields are ideal and a snow cover makes seeding easier. FULL STORY »

Winter’s early start may increase hay demand

A cold, snowy December has caused many livestock farms to reevaluate their winter supply of forage. FULL STORY »

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