Alfalfa Weevils Are Back
"With warmer weather finally reaching the eastern Corn Belt, growers in southern and central parts of Ohio and Indiana need to start scouting for alfalfa weevil immediately," according to Ohio's Country Journal.
There hasn't been an outbreak in South Dakota, but once the region reaches 190 growing degree days (GDD), it's time to begin scouting weekly, according to South Dakot State University Extension's iGrow.
"Considering the high temperatures in the past couple days, GDDs accumulate rapidly and the majority of areas may exceed 190 degree day threshold by next week," Anitha Chirumamilla and Laura Edwards write in a May 1 posting.
Ag Census Facts And Figures
USDA, on May 5, released more data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture. A few highlights include:
- A total of 87% of U.S. farms are operated by families or individuals.
- Farms with Internet access rose from 56.5% in 2007 to 69.6% in 2012.
- Both sales and production expenses reached record highs in 2012.
Forage Irrigation System Guide
Here is some good information to keep on file this year as drought hits states across the country. University of Missouri Extension has compiled resources on water source development for forage irrigation systems.
"This guide is designed to help forage producers determine the feasibility of developing an irrigation system by evaluating water sources and exploring their capital costs," MU Extension reports.
New U.S. Dairy Forage Reseach Center Director
As we noted last month, the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center has hired a replacement for long-time director Neil Martin. Now the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance has more information on Mark Boggess.
"Boggess brings unique strengths from his animal science and animal husbandry experience. He relates well with farmers, ranchers, and industry stakeholders and has the ability to connect their issues with science," write Beth Nelson and Jon Dockterin Hay & Forage Grower's May issue.