Possible feed shortages require immediate preparation

The Iowa State University Extension advises livestock producers to begin evaluating their feed inventories in preparation for this coming year. FULL STORY »

Over-mature hay drops in quality

Rain-delayed haymaking leads to poor-quality feed for livestock next winter. FULL STORY »

Cellulosic biofuel can improve ruminant forage digestibility

The Ammonia Fiber Expansion (AFEX) process breaks down cell walls producing a product that can be used for biofuel production or cattle feed. FULL STORY »

Dairy farmers looking for forages to replace alfalfa

Many dairy farms across the Midwest are short of alfalfa. Finding an acceptable alternative forage will be a critical factor contributing to the success of dairy operations this next year. FULL STORY »

Forage cost of production has significant impact on hay prices

During the next several months, hay and forage producers will be pricing their current year’s production for their customers. FULL STORY »

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 »

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