Hoard's Dairyman Farm
Alfalfa seed must be cleaned to ensure quality
March 30, 2017
In the two previous issues of Hay & Forage Grower, we discussed the breeding and development of alfalfa cultivars along with seed field production...
Alfalfa-grass confession time
March 28, 2017
When ordering pizza, I’m partial to mushrooms ... and only mushrooms.Don’t try to complicate the issue with the likes of pepperoni, sausage, pineapple, peppers, onions, or any other item on the ne...
Cogitating on companion crops
March 14, 2017
There was a day when spring-seeded alfalfa and an oat (or other small grain) companion crop went hand in hand. Though maybe not to the extent of the rotary phone, companion crops are now much le...
Shucking the long johns
Feb. 21, 2017
Landing in Milwaukee last Friday after a week in California at the World Ag Expo, I had the usual February expectation of frigid air and perhaps blowing snow. That’s the Upper Midwest norm.Instead...
Managing the yield and quality trade-off
Feb. 15, 2017
Yield versus quality: What is more important? Which is easier to comprehend? When interacting and facilitating discussions during forage planning meetings, the conversations regarding yield...
Don’t leave the leaves
Feb. 14, 2017
For the moment, let’s put harvest timing aside, though it plays a primary role in harvested forage quality. We’ll also leave alfalfa genetics on the sideline, reduced lignin or not.Cutting to the...
When cold, alfalfa, and glyphosate don’t mix
Feb. 7, 2017
Here’s the thing about biological systems: stuff happens.Such was the case for Steve Orloff in the spring of 2014. The extension farm advisor in Siskiyou County, Calif., was on a farm to troubleshoo...
Multiplying alfalfa seed with bees and combines
Feb. 1, 2017
Breeder seed is early-generation seed produced from a polycross of multiple parent plants, creating an experimental cultivar. Breeder seed production is typically done in a greenhouse...
Potassium level trends deserve watching
Jan. 26, 2017
Soil and plant potassium (K) levels have frequently come up at meetings and in conversations with concern for declining soil K levels in the Northeast...
The quest toward higher yielding alfalfa
Jan. 26, 2017
Plant breeders have been very successful at improving the yield of corn, soybeans, and most other crops...