Nov. 23, 2021
It was a trifecta of market movers that drove hay prices to record levels in 2021. That trio of factors included drought, economic fallout from the COVID-19 lockdown, and a significant commodity...

Nov. 23, 2021
You can’t starve a profit into a cow. The same can be said for a hayfield, according to Ohio State University Extension Educators Stan Smith and Chris Penrose.As fertilizer prices reach historic hig...

Nov. 16, 2021
Now that mowers and balers are safely tucked away in machine sheds, and the focus shifts to marketing and selling the summer’s bounty. Hay marketing is a business that is built on trust and hon...

Nov. 16, 2021
At some point in the coming weeks, many cow-calf producers will shift cows from pasture to feeding stored bales. How much hay (or bales) will be needed hinges on several factors, but one of the most i...

Nov. 10, 2021
While in high school, I got a job on a dairy farm near our home in northeast Ohio. It was common for farms in that area to have large woodlots, which provided supplemental income...

Nov. 10, 2021
Seeding alfalfa in the spring, with or without a small grain companion crop, remains the popular approach for stand establishment in much of the northern United States...

Nov. 9, 2021
This year’s World Series turned out to be a battle of relief pitchers. In nearly every game, the starters were in the shower before the fifth inning — often, long before.One might make the analogy...

Nov. 9, 2021
In Southern beef systems, the need for forage often comes in the fall. This is when warm-season summer pastures have played out but before fall-planted winter-annuals are ready to graze.“In some ope...

Nov. 2, 2021
The fertilizer price landscape has experienced a dramatic change during the past months. As reported last week in the “Hay Pellets” section of eHay Weekly, the bi-weekly Illinois Production C...

Nov. 2, 2021
It’s not that testing forages shouldn’t always be a member of the “must do” category; it just pushes higher up the list as the upcoming winter approaches.Supplemental feeding is going to be mo...