March 28, 2017
When ordering pizza, I’m partial to mushrooms ... and only mushrooms.Don’t try to complicate the issue with the likes of pepperoni, sausage, pineapple, peppers, onions, or any other item on the ne...

March 21, 2017
It’s once again time to take a tour around the country to see what’s going on in the world of farm custom rate surveys. As I’ve mentioned previously, these documents were invaluable during my da...

March 14, 2017
There was a day when spring-seeded alfalfa and an oat (or other small grain) companion crop went hand in hand. Though maybe not to the extent of the rotary phone, companion crops are now much le...

March 7, 2017
There’s good weather and there’s bad weather. Then there’s also strange weather — events far outside of the normal but without clear human understanding of future ramifications.I’m not exact...

March 3, 2017
Hay & Forage Grower talks with Neal martin, a former Minnesota forage extension specialist and director of the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center...

Feb. 28, 2017
In many parts of the U.S., March marks the ideal frost-seeding time. Though not always a sure bet, frost seeding pastures has shown to be a time-proven practice for maintaining an effective level of l...

Feb. 21, 2017
Landing in Milwaukee last Friday after a week in California at the World Ag Expo, I had the usual February expectation of frigid air and perhaps blowing snow. That’s the Upper Midwest norm.Instead...

Feb. 15, 2017
Perhaps more than any other season, winter is a period for reflection. The USDA helps in this regard with their bevy of January production reports. I, like many people, have sometimes looked at...

Feb. 14, 2017
For the moment, let’s put harvest timing aside, though it plays a primary role in harvested forage quality. We’ll also leave alfalfa genetics on the sideline, reduced lignin or not.Cutting to the...

Feb. 7, 2017
Here’s the thing about biological systems: stuff happens.Such was the case for Steve Orloff in the spring of 2014. The extension farm advisor in Siskiyou County, Calif., was on a farm to troubleshoo...