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
Combine-Baler: Same-Pass Biomass Baling 1
Besides cutting out two field trips, a new combine-baler combination keeps wheat straw off the ground, preventing ash contamination.
Tracking Forage-Equipment Trailblazers
Self-propelled big square balers will soon be on the market for the first time, thanks in large part to Gary Kelderman of Kelderman Manufacturing, Oskaloosa, IA.
Forage Superbowl Vet Learns By Competing
Paul Peterson always checks the nutrient analyses of top-finishing World Forage Analysis Superbowl entries.
High-Level Chopping: Montanan Harvests For Rocky Mountain Clients
Brock Tibbetts and a few of his friends spend time driving in the western Montana mountains every summer. They travel there from eastern Montana to chop oats, triticale and other mostly annual forages for about 10 beef producers. Most of the work is on flatlands, but some requires driving up and down Rocky Mountain foothills.
Heavy-Duty Biomass Harvesting
Bruce Nelson sees custom-baling corn stover for cellulosic ethanol plants as a great opportunity for young farmers willing to put in long hours.
Optimistic About Cellulosic Ethanol 1
Custom forage harvesters will soon gain a number of new clients if Sam Jackson’s expectations for cellulosic ethanol production are on target. He’s vice president for feedstock development and supply at Genera Energy, Vonore, TN, where a 250,000-gallon cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant has been operating for two years
Mysterious Alfalfa Menace
An insidious insect is stealing yield and stand life from irrigated alfalfa fields in Idaho and other Western states, and many growers are unaware.
Pursuing Higher Silage-Corn Profit
Neither twin rows nor high plant populations did much to improve corn silage profitability in a study on three northeastern Wisconsin farms last year. But Kevin Jarek, Outagamie County Extension agent, thinks 2011’s wet growing season may have skewed his twin-row findings
Industry News: New Online Tool Builds Hay-Pricing Confidence
An online tool to make hay pricing simpler will be available to Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association members.
Combine-Head Add-On Windrows Corn Stover
This combine-head attachment chops stover and puts it in windrows while the grain is being harvested, with the husks and cobs falling out of the combine being placed on top.
Wheel Rake Operates Between Tractor And Baler
This flexible, behind-the-baler rake handles hay gently, says the grower who created it.
Winterkill Worries
Warm winter, lack of snow puts Midwestern alfalfa in peril.
Prices High, Sales Volume Low
High-quality hay prices are high but inventories depleted.
Cold Spell Sparks Alfalfa Winterkill Concerns

A January cold spell in the mostly snowless Upper Midwest has forage agronomists worried about the winter survival of alfalfa fields in much of that region.

Crazy About Hay
This young FFA winner is enthusiastic about forages, working to own her own farm someday.
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