The following are important forage-industry mentions from universities and organizations from across the country.
• Management of Alfalfa Snout Beetle is a seven-page fact sheet developed by Cornell University and the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP). It explains the snout beetle’s life cycle, direct and indirect costs associated with the pest and treatment/control strategies.
• Proceedings from the 2013 Washington State Hay Growers Association annual expo and trade show are now available to download. Topics addressed include weed control in teff grass, the timothy market, results from Washington alfalfa variety trials, stackyard preparation and maintenance, stem nematode management and more.
• The Hay Price Calculator, a spreadsheet developed by Ken Barnett, University of Wisconsin (UW) Extension educator, was recently updated for 2013. The calculator lets producers compare what prices they need for their hay to what they could get from corn production at varying corn prices. It can be found on UW Extension’s Forage Resources web page.
• John McCoy, Bowling Green, KY, was presented the overall Champion Alfalfa Hay award in the 2012 Quality Hay Awards program conducted by University of Kentucky Extension and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. McCoy and other award recipients in alfalfa and alfalfa grass hay categories were recognized at the 33rd Kentucky Alfalfa Conference held in Lexington last month.
• Jim Blanksma, of Mountain Home, ID, has been awarded the 2013 Don Hale Hall of Fame Award from the Idaho Hay and Forage Association (IHFA). Blanksma served on the IHFA board of directors for 14 years and as the IHFA president for two years. He was recognized “for his support and guidance, his positive thinking, and his dedication to the hay and forage industry,” according to the IHFA. The award is named for Don Hale, a Blackfoot, ID, hay grower who played a key role in organizing the Idaho Hay Association, predecessor to IHFA.
• Andy Stock was recently named Nebraska’s 2013 Alfalfa Producer of the Year by the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association. Stock, of Murdock, NE, grows 300-400 acres of premium alfalfa annually. The award was presented at the Mid-America Alfalfa Expo in Kearney, NE.