Fae Holin

Editor, Hay & Forage Grower

Raised on a Minnesota crop and livestock farm, Fae Holin began her career at a small Wisconsin weekly newspaper and, for the past 32 years, has been on the writing staffs of The Farmer/The Dakota Farmer, USAgriculture, The Corn and Soybean Digest and Hay & Forage Grower. Fae was named Editor of Hay & Forage Grower in 2011 after serving as its Managing Editor for seven years. She writes, edits and enjoys traveling to farms and talking with growers and ag-industry people.

Articles by Fae Holin
Tissue Tests Measure More
Hay growers can get a better idea of how fertile their alfalfa fields are if they have plants tested rather than soil. That's especially important considering
Continuing The Legacy
Call Dave Fink anytime in June and he'll probably answer from a hayfield set among rolling hills nestled just south of the Appalachian Mountains. The
Should Insect Thresholds Be Lowered?
Given the current high hay prices, growers should scout for alfalfa insects diligently. But should they treat at lower-than-recommended economic thresholds?
Insight From Blind Samples
Last fall, two University extension forage specialists asked growers to send "blind" alfalfa hay samples to several forage testing laboratories and request the samples and results back. With that information, the experts compared the variation within and among the labs tested, and they say lab variation does exist, which is something growers have complained about for years. General results, first reactions and actions were reported in the May issue of Hay & Forage Grower. For stories, click here. To comment on forage testing, email hfg@hayandforage.com. We’ll post comments on this site
Profitable Partnering
Tim Tuttle's first custom work was bagging 2,500 tons of haylage in 1987. More than two decades later, he's harvesting 140,000-150,000 tons of feed per
Travelin' Man
Managing, maneuvering and maintaining up to 24 pieces of forage harvesting equipment and as many employees throughout a thousand-mile trek seems a daunting
Better Bagging
It takes experience and a bit of experimentation to bag corn silage or haylage properly, say three silage bagger company representatives. There is very
Keep Employees Safe
Before starting your engines for the first time this harvest season, review the following safety tips from Cheryl Skjolaas, University of Wisconsin Center
Look At Alfalfa Nutrient Needs Carefully This Spring
It takes time and management to determine whether alfalfa has enough nutrients to produce high yields. And with the high costs of fertilizer, and the demand and higher prices for alfalfa
Alfalfa: A Great Grazing Crop
Alfalfa offers excellent opportunities as a grazing crop, said Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky forage specialist, at the National Alfalfa Symposium last month
Roundup Ready Face-Off
The hottest issue in the alfalfa industry whether Roundup Ready alfalfa should again be deregulated was debated at length during the recent National Alfalfa
In It For The Long Haul
An attempt by the federal government to create uniform regulations for securely transporting products including baled hay and straw led to a one-man crusade
Comprehensive Program Named A Top Product
Tara Porterfield knew her computer software program was good because she uses it on her own hay operation to manage crop production, inventories, sales
Quality Over Yield?
Some California hay growers are trading yield for quality by planting dormant alfalfa varieties in what has been considered semi-dormant territory
Adjustments On The Go
Six years ago, Scott Seaver got tired of jumping off his tractor to adjust the tension on his small square baler every time field conditions changed. “There has to be a better way” to make uniform bales, he told himself
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