Forage Production

Dry weather taking toll on forage crops

Continued dry weather is prompting forage growers to take precautions to avoid further crop loss. Here is some advice. FULL STORY »

Evaluate corn plant stands

Now is a great time to assess how well crops emerged. Determining corn plant populations allows you to evaluate management decisions made at planting, as well as identify any emerging concerns from weeds, insects or diseases. FULL STORY »

Alfalfa weevil woes

Watch for alfalfa weevil in second cutting alfalfa regrowth. FULL STORY »

Alfalfa growers: Scout earlier this year for potato leafhopper

The near-record warm winter this year has not only brought alfalfa to an earlier-than-usual first cutting, it’s also caused some insects, such as potato leafhopper, to appear earlier than normal, says an Ohio State University Extension entomologist. FULL STORY »

Hot, dry weather starts to take its toll on young corn plants

Dry conditions and a record-setting heat wave have started to stress young, Midwestern corn plants, a Purdue Extension agronomist says. FULL STORY »

Winter annuals: A concern in first-cutting alfalfa

Established alfalfa stands that were good going into the fall may now have a lot of weed pressure from winter annuals. FULL STORY »

Weather impact on alfalfa quality assessed by field project

MSU Extension educators have coordinated a short-term field project to assess the effects of this spring’s unusual weather conditions on the growth and quality of alfalfa across Michigan. FULL STORY »

Check fields for alfalfa weevils

A mild winter and early spring have sparked speculation on what may happen with different insects, such as the alfalfa weevil. This early-season pest can reduce hay yields. FULL STORY »

Managing nitrogen in corn this spring

This unseasonably balmy weather has allowed for earlier field work to begin. How does this, coupled with an extremely dry fall, affect your nitrogen management program for corn? FULL STORY »

Freezing temperatures after record warmth may threaten alfalfa

Walk your fields to assess any possible damage to alfalfa stands. FULL STORY »

Mild winter may increase insect, weed pressures

Crop pests may be more abundant in several Midwest farm fields this spring because of what continues to be a mild winter. FULL STORY »

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