Neil Tietz

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
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.
High-Volume Fleet Cuts Biomass Costs
Feedstox’s purchase of two combine-balers completed a fleet of state-of-the-art equipment that the non-profit company assembled for harvesting biomass from corn, wheat, switchgrass, miscanthus and other crops.
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.

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