• The 2011 version of the Ohio Forage Performance Trials Report has been posted online. Included is information on commercial varieties of alfalfa, red clover, white clover, tall fescue and annual ryegrass in tests planted from 2008 to 2011 across three Ohio sites: South Charleston, Wooster and North Baltimore.
  • “A Closer Look At Leaf Diseases Of Alfalfa” is the title of a recent article posted on Michigan State University Extension’s forage Web site. Author Jim Isleib covers common leaf spot, downy mildew, lepto leaf spot and more. The article is one of a three-part series on alfalfa diseases that also includes:“Be Familiar With Root Rot Diseases Of Alfalfa” and “Gain Knowledge On Stem Diseases Of Alfalfa.”
  • As the year draws to a close, it’s not too early for farm business owners to tackle their 2011 income tax returns. The Rural Tax Education Web site offers information about current tax topics, links to government taxation agencies and a variety of other resources.
  • Unable to attend the 2011 Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium in Las Vegas last week? No worries. Abstracts for many of the presentations are already available online. Covered are marketing trends, pest management, genetically engineered alfalfa and more. For synopses of several of those presentations, watch for the January issue of Hay & Forage Grower.
  • Neil Tietz, senior editor at Hay & Forage Grower, was among those interviewed for a recent story on hay prices in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northhampton, MA. The story focused primarily on how local growers and buyers have been affected by a supply shortfall. Tietz offered his perspective on the national supply-and-demand situation.