With this issue, Hay & Forage Grower introduces several exciting changes. After 25 years, Neil Tietz has handed the reigns of the magazine to Fae Holin, who has been its managing editor since 2005.

Tietz, a 43-year veteran writer, will continue to offer his expertise to the magazine as Senior Editor. Holin will work to continue the magazine’s tradition of providing the latest in forage production and research from across the U.S.

Speaking of expertise, the magazine is also instituting a new column, called Extension Expertise, which will be authored by Extension forage specialists from the Midwest, the Southeast and the West. This month, University of Wisconsin Extension forage specialist Dan Undersander writes about weed control in established alfalfa and how to make the most of it (see page 24).

The next couple of issues, University of Georgia’s Dennis Hancock and University of California’s Dan Putnam will lend their advice on other pertinent forage production issues or concerns.

This current issue also includes expert economists’ opinions of the latest USDA Prospective Plantings report, and a survey asking readers their own planting and harvesting plans. Additional reader-survey stories of this sort will be a part of the magazine’s new game plan.

There will be a continuing presence in readers’ email boxes of eHay Weekly, the magazine’s online marketing and production newsletter. At hayandforage.com, the magazine now offers daily forage-related postings and serves as a warehouse of virtually every story published in the magazine since 1998.

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