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.

Kill Weeds, Increase Yields with Glyphosate
Glyphosate applied to seedling Roundup Ready alfalfa outperformed a popular conventional herbicide in a 2012 Wisconsin study, killing more weeds and delivering a higher first-cutting alfalfa yield.
Farmers Cashing In With High-Density Balers
Producers like the versatility of high-density balers and the cost advantages the provide.
Photo: Don McCabe, Nebraska Farmer
Stretch Livestock Feed Supplies With Lime-Treated Corn Stover 1
Lime-treated corn stover can reduce feed costs when substituted for corn silage and/or corn grain in livestock rations.
New Roundup Ready Grower Gets Dairy-Quality Hay
Gary Carmichael thinks a lot of alfalfa growers don’t realize how much money they’re losing to weeds, especially in the seeding year.
Same-Pass Rake Saves Time, Money 1
Mack Scott has gone through a lot of equipment changes in his 50-plus years in the hay business, and says his new rake is “the best thing I’ve seen.”
Check Every Bale, Maintain Hay Quality
Every bale that Mike Fabrizius sells is probed for moisture content at least twice before it leaves his hay yard.
Combine-Head Windrower: Slowing Down To Go Faster
“It slows me down quite a little bit, but I’m accomplishing two complete jobs when I’m doing it,” says Carl Ault.
Combine-baler combination machine.
Feeding Biofuel Plants: Current Equipment Can Work 1
Most of the equipment is in place to efficiently harvest and deliver the massive amounts of biomass required by cellulosic ethanol plants, says Matt Darr, Iowa State University ag engineer.
Corn-Silage Baler Offers More Quality, Less Waste 2

Forages stored in bales instead of bunkers are higher in quality, and spoilage losses are much lower, says Lane Blount of Humdinger Equipment,Lubbock, TX.

New Round-Bale Wrap Mimics Indoor Storage 7
“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 3
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.

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