Prevented plant: cover crop and forage options

The weather continues to challenge farmers in parts of Minnesota and elsewhere. FULL STORY »

Forage crop yield & quality trends

Corn: Yield and forage (silage) quality have been increasing for about 100 years, with a “great leap forward” in the 1930s with the advent of corn hybridization. FULL STORY »

Forage Focus: The quality/quantity of hay

The last few issues have had information about making hay, and yes hay making season has already begun for some Ohio farmers this year. Timely harvest of forage is critical to maintain high quality feeds. The last few years, frequent rain events during much of the spring delayed beginning of hay harvest until the middle of June for many producers. FULL STORY »

Managing stand losses in alfalfa fields

After the long frigid winter followed by cold wet spring, there is much concern about potential winterkill in alfalfa stands. After a slow start to the growing season, we are now seeing the extent of alfalfa winterkill. FULL STORY »

Selecting the right silage inoculant

Inoculants are effective silage management tools, but for producers reeling under a pile of product information from numerous companies, it can often be challenging to select the right product. FULL STORY »

Forage Focus: Hay making strategies

On Monday, May 12, I was out in a pasture field and noticed some orchardgrass seed heads beginning to emerge. The appearance of seed heads is associated with increasing fiber content and decreased forage quality. FULL STORY »

Handle and apply liquid inoculants with care

Inoculants have been well documented to help with silage fermentation and quality; however, they contain live bacteria and have specific requirements for effective use. To get the best results, handle these living organisms with care. FULL STORY »

Early season weed control in corn is vital

Early season weed control is vital to both future yields and profitability, because early weed flushes compete intensely with corn for both nitrogen (N) and water. Dense weeds can also shade soils and make them cooler so that corn grows more slowly. FULL STORY »

Alfalfa silage advice

First-cutting alfalfa soon will be ready for silage. Dr. Limin Kung, silage expert from the University of Delaware, offers advice for making a great product. FULL STORY »

New York trial: Tall fescue silage as good as alfalfa silage

Cornell University research has shown that tall fescue silage used in a well-balanced dairy ration can produce as much milk per cow as alfalfa silage. FULL STORY »

Certify hay as weed free

Are you interested in another market for your hay this year? Maybe you should have it certified as “weed free” FULL STORY »

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