Neil Tietz

Editor Emeritus, Hay & Forage Grower

Neil Tietz has more than 40 years of experience in agricultural journalism, including work on The Farmer/The Dakota Farmer magazine, Dairy Herd Management, The Corn and Soybean Digest and Hay & Forage Grower. Neil has also served on an advisory committee to the University of Minnesota Department of Animal Science, and received the Minnesota Forage and Grassland Council Outstanding Service Award. Neil holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and is regarded as one of the best copy editors in the farm publishing business.

Articles by Neil Tietz
New Round-Bale Wrap Mimics Indoor Storage 5
“I call it shed-wrap because it’s basically an individual hay shed for every round bale.” Darron Schoen is describing B-Wrap, a new bale wrap he tested on his Monett, MO, dairy farm the past three growing seasons. Surface layers of B-Wrap bales stay as green as if stored indoors, and the protection lasts longer than with net-wrap, he says.
Natural Moisture Loss Protects Stover Bale Quality
If baled at less than 30% moisture and properly protected, corn stover destined for cellulosic ethanol production will hold its quality during long-term storage, says Matt Darr, Iowa State University ag engineer.
Shredlage, Treated Corn Stover Are Wisconsin Meeting Topics
New ways to improve the feed value of corn silage and corn stover will be detailed at the Jan. 22-23 Midwest Forage Association (MFA), Wisconsin Custom Operators (WCO) and Professional Nutrient Applicators (PNA) Symposium and annual meetings.
Slurry Seeding Saves
Spreading liquid manure laden with forage seeds onto fractured, loosened soil is an efficient way to establish a cover crop, says Tim Harrigan.
Searching For Organic Hay 2
Tim Zweber recently agreed to buy a few truckloads of 150-RFV organic alfalfa hay for a reasonable price. Before the purchase was finalized, however, someone else “bought it out from under me” for $275/ton, he says.
BMR Forage Sorghum Vs. Silage Corn
Brown midrib forage sorghum outperforms silage corn in moisture-deficit situations, and it’s less-expensive to grow. But the cost advantage for non-irrigated forage sorghum vs. corn isn’t as great as many people think, says Chris Teutsch, Virginia Tech forage specialist.
Short And Sturdy BMR Sorghum 2
A shorter, leafier, brown midrib forage sorghum delivers the yield and quality of taller BMRs without the lodging risk, say farmers and forage agronomists who’ve tried it.
Despite Name, Chaffhaye Is In Demand
A team of university marketing students recently suggested that Steve Rader should change the name of his fermented alfalfa product from Chaffhaye to AlphaHaye to more accurately reflect its quality.
Superbowl Winner Grows Feed For Champion Cows
The 2012 World Forage Analysis Superbowl grand champion is accustomed to winning awards, but usually for producing quality cows, not forages.
Wisconsin Dairy Producers Win Forage Superbowl
A Barron, WI, dairy farm with a high-producing registered Holstein herd is the 2012 World Forage Analysis Superbowl grand champion.
Growth Regulator Jump-Starts Silage Corn
“It’s taller, the leaves are wider and the stalks are bigger around.” Jerry Fraim, Caneyville, KY, is describing silage corn that had been treated with a plant growth regulator early in the growing season.
Hydroponics Slash Water Needs 1

Hydroponic forage production requires a lot less water than irrigated alfalfa, and Bill Brandau sees that as its greatest selling point in the Southwest.

“The amount of water used to produce the feed is so much less that to me it makes sense, especially in a drought situation,” says the University of Arizona Extension agent.

Growing forages indoors also erases the land requirement and other hay production costs, but hydroponic equipment is expensive and requires close management, says Brandau.

Drought-Proof Forages: Hydroponic Production Systems Gain Acceptance 1
Gladtime Dairy doesn’t have any cropland, but wheat straw and a little hay are its only purchased feeds. Barley sprouts grown indoors provide most of the nutrients for Scot Edwards’ and Bill Underwood’s 100-cow Jersey herd near Pima, AZ. The cows average 30-40 lbs of milk per day at a feed cost ranging from $2.50 to $3/cow, depending on the price of straw, says Edwards.
Gung-Ho On Hay: Idaho Family Adds 800-Plus Alfalfa Acres
The Newman family of Monteview, ID, added more than 800 acres of irrigated alfalfa this year, returning to full production of the crop that has been their No. 1 moneymaker for decades.
Gung-Ho On Hay: Former Dairyman Bets On Alfalfa’s Future
Moving heavily into commercial hay production instead of corn and soybeans looks like a mistake today, Sherman Schuler admits. But he’s convinced that prices of the other crops will drop sharply within two or three years, and high-quality hay will still bring good money.
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