July 12, 2016
“When the last bale comes off the field, the fertilizer truck is loaded and ready to roll,” said Clayton Geralds, a Munfordville, Ky., farmer who bales nearly 150,000 small square bales per year a...


June 21, 2016
Perhaps nothing in the forage production cycle is more aggravating, disheartening, disappointing, or sometimes frightening than a new forage seeding that just never develops. At worst, it means an ent...


June 21, 2016
Summer annual forages supplement permanent pastures by providing high-quality forage and complementing summer perennial grasses. “Due to the higher input cost of establishing summer annual fo...


June 14, 2016
You can cut alfalfa 20 times in one year or one time for 20 years.This was an axiom told to me many years ago. It relates to the persistence of an alfalfa stand given the intensity of a chosen cutting...


June 7, 2016
Why is it that corn yields keep climbing to record levels year after year and perennial forage yields improve at a tortoise-like pace? Quite frankly, perhaps the biggest reason is simply...


May 31, 2016
Cutting height is important. That said, not one size fits all. This is because the carbohydrate reserves for regrowth are located in different plant parts, depending on the species in question...


May 18, 2016
In a recent study, where we sampled alfalfa that was standing, after mowing, after raking, and in the chopper wagon or bale, 71 percent of the change in forage quality was related to leaf content...


May 18, 2016
Applying manure immediately after alfalfa harvest opens up windows of time for manure application not available with most annual crops, and it expands the acreage base for nutrient management pl...


May 18, 2016
The author is an agricultural extension educator in Jackson County, Fla. As a county agent for the past 20 years, one of the things I have noticed is that there are two general categor...