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Alfalfa and alfalfa-grass harvest plans

If you harvested first cut alfalfa and alfalfa-grass in mid-June you may be harvesting a third cut in late August. This assumes a 35-day interval between first and second cut, and 35-40 days between second and third. (Assuming 35- and 40-day intervals respectively, June 15th first cut = August 29th third cut.) This will in most cases preclude a fourth cut, though hope springs eternal. If we have adequate moisture and some warm weather your fourth crop may be looking pretty good by late September, but before heading out with the mower consider the following: FULL STORY »

Late summer alfalfa management key to strong spring stands

Good seedbed preparation and late summer management are among the biggest factors that determine a successful, high-yielding alfalfa crop. FULL STORY »

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 »

Better bunker management offers bottom-line advantages

Growing conditions determine fiber digestibility, and the right combination of weather conditions make for an optimum silage crop, say experts at Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business. While temperatures and moisture levels over the course of the growing season will set the stage, you can actively take steps to preserve silage quality once the silage is harvested through good management, resulting in better feeding material for your livestock. 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 »

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 »

Harvest stressed alfalfa before leaf drop occurs

Alfalfa is under severe stress from drought and alfalfa weevil pressure in many parts of Kansas this spring, resulting in stunted growth and damaged leaves 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 »

PEAQ helps alfalfa producers capture top dollars

With high-quality alfalfa capturing premiums of nearly $50 a ton, it's time for producers to start measuring their alfalfa in order to determine the best time to harvest the first cutting, says Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois professor of animal sciences emeritus. "There is a science to harvesting quality alfalfa hay," Hutjens explains. "It starts with a good, old-fashioned yardstick and a trip to the field, and ends with a little work on the Internet." FULL STORY »

Understand how hay dries to improve forage quality

If you understand and use the biology and physics of how hay dries in the field, you stand a much better chance of harvesting higher quality forages that haven’t been rained on, says Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin extension agronomist. FULL STORY »

Minimize corn left behind combines

Harvest loss and disease pathogen survival are reminders of the need to check behind the combine for harvest losses. FULL STORY »

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