Forage Production

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 »

Forage harvesting spring 2011

To say it bluntly, this weather is for the birds! At a time when forage supplies are becoming low and producers look toward spring harvests of winter small grains and cool season grasses, these unending rain events are seriously affecting dairy and livestock producers. FULL STORY »

Disease considerations in continuous corn

When corn is planted back into corn residue, you should be aware of the increased potential for certain diseases, says Doug Jardine, Kansas State University research and extension plant pathologist. Not all diseases are affected by crop rotation, however. Following is a brief summary from Jardine of how soil and leaf diseases differ between continuous corn and rotated corn: FULL STORY »

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