For news briefs on website updates, meeting notices, auctions, guides and other information, read on:

  • University of Wisconsin (UW) Extension’s Team Forage website has been updated. The site brings together a variety of resources related to forage from UW faculty across different disciplines and departments. Specific topic pages include alfalfa, feeding and testing, harvest and storage, economics, grasses, videos and more. Links to other UW departments, as well as forage industry organizations in the state, are also available. Newly posted materials will be announced on the site or readers can sign up for email notices of additions.
  • Proceedings from the 34th Kentucky Alfalfa Conference, held last month in Bowling Green, are available online.  Topics covered include alfalfa baleage/silage preservatives, big square baler use in Kentucky, advances in alfalfa promotion, alfalfa for summer grazing and more.
  • A load of second-cutting, medium square bales of alfalfa topped the market at the March 6 Quality Tested Hay Auction in Sauk Centre, MN. The sale price for the hay, which had a relative feed value of 194, was $300/ton. See sale results, compiled by University of Minnesota Extension educator Dan Martens.
  • A PDF of 2014 Chemical Weed Control for Field Crops, Pastures, Rangeland and Noncropland, a guide from Kansas State University Extension, can be accessed online. Sections on herbicides approved for use in alfalfa, bermudagrass and cool-season pastures are included in the 140-page publication. A listing of approximate 2014 retail costs of herbicides, harvest aids and adjuvants is included.
  • Rock Valley Hay Auction in Rock Valley, IA, will hold its annual Hay Day on Mar. 27. Along with the regularly scheduled Thursday auction, the event will feature strap-throwing and hay-bale-rolling contests. Local merchants in Rock Valley will also offer Hay Day specials. Visit our photo gallery covering the 2012 event.
  • “Hay That Pays” is the theme of a one-day school for livestock and horse owners to be conducted April 5 by University of Missouri (MU) Extension in Linneus. The event will be held at MU’s Forage Systems Research Center. Topics to be covered include making quality hay, meeting nutritional needs of animals, feed supplements and reading hay-test reports. There will also be sessions on the economics of stored forages, fertilizing hayfields, baleage management and more. The cost of the school, which runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is $10/person and includes lunch. Early registration by April 1 is requested. Get additional information and/or register.
  • Helping farmers produce a better hay crop in 2014 is the goal of the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) Extension hay production workshop to be held April 2 at the Barrel House Restaurant in Kane. The meeting will address some of the challenges producers faced last year and offer ideas for consistently producing high-quality hay. Marvin Hall, PSU Extension forage specialist, will be among those presenting. Registration will cost $20 and include lunch and materials. Walk-ins are welcome. Register online or call 814-887-5613.
  • Hay & Forage Grower’s presence on Facebook continues to grow. As of late last week, the magazine’s Facebook page had registered nearly 2,500 likes. Recent posts include a link to a video from the University of Georgia Extension forage team showing how good soil management leads to good water infiltration, a photo from the early March U.S. Custom Harvester, Inc., meeting in Wichita, KS, and recaps of recent Hay & Forage Grower and eHay Weekly marketing stories. A photo showing the growth of a high-biomass sorghum generated a lot of interest from U.S. and international readers this past weekend.