Harvest Help

Advice on wrapping dry hay

Will the labor and expense needed to get two or three layers of plastic around a large bale of dry hay pay off? Here are some points to consider. FULL STORY »

First alfalfa cutting may be early this year

One of the most important factors determining alfalfa quality is its maturity at harvest. Timing first cutting to get proper neutral detergent fiber levels is critical. FULL STORY »

New oat forages fact sheets available

The “Focus on Forage” fact sheets discuss the unique quality characteristics, cultivars, planting dates and expected yields of fall-grown oat forages. FULL STORY »

AgriLife Extension schedules hay workshop

After a year of drought, East Texas hay stocks remain low, making production efficiency ever more important, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. FULL STORY »

Get answers about corn shredlage

Corn shredlage is a new method of harvesting whole-plant corn for silage that has been receiving a lot of interest lately. Learn answers to some frequently asked questions about this process. FULL STORY »

Guide helps to identify crop problems

A pocket guide designed by Purdue University Extension to be an in-field reference for corn and soybean producers is now available. FULL STORY »

Fall assessment of alfalfa stands

This is a good time for producers to determine whether to rotate out of alfalfa. Alfalfa is an amazing perennial crop that produces high yields of good quality forage in multiple cuttings per year, but over time stands become less productive. FULL STORY »

Late-maturing corn likely means higher moisture corn at harvest

Farmers should think twice before expecting Mother Nature to pay the cost of drying corn by leaving it in the field longer this harvest, says Ohio State University Extension corn expert Peter Thomison. "We don't encourage growers to leave corn in the field much past early November because after that there is really very little moisture loss in corn," he said. FULL STORY »

Michigan hay markets warming up

Like the last dog days of summer, the Michigan hay market is starting to warm up. With some carryover from the 2010 crop and a good first cutting in 2011, hay prices in Michigan this summer were nothing to brag about, let alone make much of a profit. FULL STORY »

Check that forage-nitrates in forages

Due to drought conditions in some areas dairy producers must once again be cautious about the potential for high levels of nitrates in forage crops to be used for silage. FULL STORY »

Late planted corn could make better silage than grain

Corn growers with late planted fields of corn may want to buffer the risk by selling selected fields for corn silage. Dairy and beef cattle producers will begin harvesting corn silage fields as they reach black layer maturity or total plant dry matter reaches optimum levels. FULL STORY »

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