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 »

Corn and hay stocks increase significantly

The feed outlook has brightened considerably from a year ago, helping contribute to the recent rise in calf and feeder-cattle value. The January Feed Outlook report from USDA estimates 2013 corn and hay production somewhat lower than previous forecasts, but well above last-year’s totals. FULL STORY »

Forage Production School in January and February

Livestock producers looking to improve their animal operations and increase their financial bottom line can learn innovative forage production techniques during a series of forage workshops taught by experts from Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. FULL STORY »

Silage management reminders for feeders

Good management practices during the feeding process will help to minimize spoilage when forage is exposed to air. FULL STORY »

Annual grazing conference will help producers improve forages

Livestock producers, Extension educators and agribusiness professionals from around the Midwest interested in improving forages and pasture productivity should attend the Heart of America Grazing Conference Jan. 20-21. FULL STORY »

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