Here are forage-industry mentions from universities and organizations around the country.

  •  The Farmer to Farmer Hay, Forage & Corn List, maintained by the University of Wisconsin, aims to connect buyers and sellers of hay, corn silage, high-moisture corn, corn grain and other forages. Check out the site here.
  • Rising land rental rates are one of the costs hay growers should consider when pricing their products in 2013, says Phil Kaatz, area field crops specialist with Michigan State University (MSU). He offers additional thoughts on this topic in a recent MSU press release.
  • Mississippi State University Extension will be holding a Warm-Season Grass Tour at the Henry H. Leveck Animal Research Farm near Stark on July 13. Presentations on sorghum varieties, bioenergy crops and warm-season legumes, along with nitrogen fertility demonstrations, will be featured. Get additional details.
  • USDA’s National Institute of Food Agriculture is launching a six-state, $3 million study to determine what can be done to stem the decline of the dairy industry in the southeastern U.S. More than two-thirds of the region’s dairies have closed since 1995. The University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture will be the study’s lead institution. Extension personnel in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia will also participate. Helping regional dairy producers enhance milk production and improve milk quality will be the focal point of the effort. Learn more.
  • Proceedings from the 2013 Idaho Hay and Forage Conference, held earlier this year in Burley, ID, are now available on the University of Idaho’s forage website. Topics covered include premium hay pricing as an alternative to corn, preventing hay fires, managing forage harvesting options to save fuel and more.