Forage Production

Try these tips for high-quality, high-yielding silage

With today's high feed costs, silage management can have a significant impact on your bottom line. That's why you must pay attention to hybrid selection, field conditions and harvest timing/management to help make the most of your silage crops. FULL STORY »

Plant analysis is a valuable corn monitoring and diagnostic tool

With corn, plant analysis can be especially valuable for producers by providing insight into how efficiently they are using applied nutrients, and for managing secondary and micronutrients which don't have high quality soil tests available, says Dave Mengel, Kansas State Research and Extension soil fertility specialist. Plant analysis is also an excellent diagnostic tool to help understand some of the variation seen in the field, he adds. FULL STORY »

Research: Side-dressing manure for the nitrogen value

The 2011 spring is a reminder of how few days you may have to complete all your spring work; there may not be an opportunity for manure application. Ohio State University has been successfully testing a dragline system of manure application as a side-dress application on corn. This can increase the application window of manure and apply nitrogen at a critical time for the corn plant. This can offset the cost of nitrogen fertilizer, replacing it with manure applications that were going to occur anyway. FULL STORY »

Cutworms chewing through control technologies this year

Multiple species of cutworms are abundant in cornfields in many areas right now, and a Purdue Extension entomologist says Bt traits and seed-applied insecticides are providing only suppression of the insects — not control. FULL STORY »

Test forage quality this spring

As wet weather continues to delay the alfalfa harvest in some areas, Purdue Extension specialists say the crop's nutritional value for livestock feed is on the decline. FULL STORY »

Ponded, saturated fields pose risks to young corn plants

Thanks to a very wet spring in many areas, lots of corn fields are flooded or ponded and could remain that way for sometime. But according to a Purdue Extension agronomist, there are multiple factors that influence whether a corn crop can survive the stress. FULL STORY »

Ohio forage suffering due to excessive moisture

This week’s USDA Crop Progress Report indicated that corn and soybean planting lag in Ohio thanks to serious weather challenges. But forage crops and pastures are not doing so well, either. FULL STORY »

What’s the real cost of fertilizing alfalfa?

As the 2011 growing season gets into full swing, many hay producers will be considering how much fertilizer they should apply to their established alfalfa and clover fields following a long winter season. Due to volatility of fertilizer prices, one of the growing concerns MSU Extension specialists and educators have is decreased fertilizer usage and impacts on yield. FULL STORY »

Alfalfa suffering from heavy rainfall and saturated soils

Consistently saturated soils from heavy spring rainfall have taken their toll on forage crops in some areas of the country, especially in alfalfa grown on soils that are less than moderately well drained. FULL STORY »

Are you sure that yellowing means nitrogen deficiency?

In most areas, planting season has kicked into high gear. Since seeds are finally making their way into the ground, it might seem a bit pre-emptive to start talking about nitrogen and other nutrient deficiencies. However, with the larger amounts of rainfall at varying times during the spring season, the loss of applied nitrogen is on every grower’s mind and every grower’s eyes will be on their crops, scouting for deficiency symptoms. FULL STORY »

Late planting's impact on corn and soybean insects

Questions are surfacing about the impact of late planting on key insect pests of corn and soybeans, says Mike Gray, University of Illinois extension entomologist. Based upon the progress of planting this spring, Gray said he can understand the interest. FULL STORY »

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