Hay & Forage Grower http://hayandforage.com/rss.xml en New U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center Director Selected http://hayandforage.com/hay/new-us-dairy-forage-research-center-director-selected <div class="field-deck"> Mark Boggess offers background in animal science, production </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Mark Boggess has been named director of the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/hay/new-us-dairy-forage-research-center-director-selected" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/hay/new-us-dairy-forage-research-center-director-selected#comments HAY Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:09:00 +0000 25201 at http://hayandforage.com Washington Hay Group Plans Spring Field Day http://hayandforage.com/hay/washington-hay-group-plans-spring-field-day <div class="field-deck"> Seedbed prep, herbicides and equipment featured </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Northeast Washington Hay Growers Association will hold a May 10 field day.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/hay/washington-hay-group-plans-spring-field-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/hay/washington-hay-group-plans-spring-field-day#comments HAY Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:39:00 +0000 25191 at http://hayandforage.com <p>Hay tools will be discussed at the May 10 Northeast Washington Hay Growers Association field day.</p> Know Your Alfalfa Seeding Rate http://hayandforage.com/alfalfa/know-your-alfalfa-seeding-rate <div class="field-deck"> Seed sizes and shapes complicate calculations </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Paying closer attention to alfalfa seeding rates would help many growers boost their bottom line.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/alfalfa/know-your-alfalfa-seeding-rate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/alfalfa/know-your-alfalfa-seeding-rate#comments Alfalfa Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:56:00 +0000 25181 at http://hayandforage.com <p>Calibrating seeders and knowing actual seeding rates can save growers money, says Marvin Hall, Penn State University Extension forage specialist.</p> Hefty Supplies Limit Hay Prices At Michigan Auction http://hayandforage.com/marketing/hefty-supplies-limit-hay-prices-michigan-auction <div class="field-deck"> Alfalfa small squares are selling for $4-6.50/bale </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Michigan hay prices have been limited by plentiful supplies. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/marketing/hefty-supplies-limit-hay-prices-michigan-auction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/marketing/hefty-supplies-limit-hay-prices-michigan-auction#comments MARKETING Hay Marketing Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:43:00 +0000 25171 at http://hayandforage.com <p>Compared to year-earlier levels, prices have been considerably lower&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;in recent months&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px;">at the United Producers, Inc., weekly hay auction in southern Michigan.</span></p> Photo: United Producers, Inc. Damp Soils Slow Indiana Alfalfa Seeding http://hayandforage.com/alfalfa/damp-soils-slow-indiana-alfalfa-seeding <div class="field-deck"> Later plantings will require increased management </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Wet soils have delayed spring plantings for many Indiana alfalfa growers. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/alfalfa/damp-soils-slow-indiana-alfalfa-seeding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/alfalfa/damp-soils-slow-indiana-alfalfa-seeding#comments Alfalfa Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:33:00 +0000 25161 at http://hayandforage.com <p>Wet conditions in Indiana have many alfalfa growers delaying spring seeding, reports Purdue forage specialist Keith Johnson.</p> Will Stem Maggots Push Up Southeastern Hay Prices? http://hayandforage.com/grasses/will-stem-maggots-push-southeastern-hay-prices <div class="field-deck"> Bermudagrass pest control could be passed on to buyers </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An Alabama grower may raise his hay prices if bermudagrass stem maggots need to be controlled.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/grasses/will-stem-maggots-push-southeastern-hay-prices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/grasses/will-stem-maggots-push-southeastern-hay-prices#comments Grasses Hay Marketing Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:07:00 +0000 25151 at http://hayandforage.com <p>Keeping bermudagrass stem maggots in check could affect buyers of Southeastern hay this year, says Alabama grower Thomas Ridgeway.</p> Photo: Circle R Farms Get Top Dollar For Your Auction Hay http://hayandforage.com/marketing/get-top-dollar-your-auction-hay <div class="field-deck"> Auctioneers offer tips for getting better sale prices </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Extra time spent selecting and loading hay can increase auction profits, auctioneers say. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/marketing/get-top-dollar-your-auction-hay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/marketing/get-top-dollar-your-auction-hay#comments HAY MARKETING Hay Marketing Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:54:00 +0000 25141 at http://hayandforage.com <p>Following a few simple steps can lead to a better price when you&rsquo;re selling hay at an auction, say auction experts.</p> Photo: Rick Mooney Wisconsin Legislators Tackle Road-Use Law http://hayandforage.com/harvesting/wisconsin-legislators-tackle-road-use-law <div class="field-deck"> Expected rules may be a guide for other states </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A new law governing the operation of farm equipment on public roads was moving toward final approval by the Wisconsin State Legislature early this month.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/harvesting/wisconsin-legislators-tackle-road-use-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/harvesting/wisconsin-legislators-tackle-road-use-law#comments Harvesting Custom Forage Harvesting Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:53:00 +0000 25131 at http://hayandforage.com Photo: Fae Holin Fuel Prices Could Be Affected By Global Events http://hayandforage.com/equipment/fuel-prices-could-be-affected-global-events <div class="field-byline"> Ann Behling </div> <div class="field-deck"> Ag economist makes predictions </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Fuel prices may increase slightly the first half of this year – unless global events cause increases.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/equipment/fuel-prices-could-be-affected-global-events" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/equipment/fuel-prices-could-be-affected-global-events#comments EQUIPMENT Custom Forage Harvesting Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:45:00 +0000 25121 at http://hayandforage.com <p>Fuel prices may increase slightly the first half of this year &ndash; unless global events cause increases.</p> Hay Prices Cool As Weather Warms http://hayandforage.com/marketing/hay-prices-cool-weather-warms <div class="field-deck"> Low-quality hay prices soften the most </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Alfalfa prices have softened with spring’s arrival in some states, but remain mostly steady overall. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/marketing/hay-prices-cool-weather-warms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/marketing/hay-prices-cool-weather-warms#comments MARKETING Hay Marketing Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:15:00 +0000 25111 at http://hayandforage.com Stymie Silage Shrink http://hayandforage.com/silage/stymie-silage-shrink <div class="field-byline"> Ann Behling </div> <div class="field-deck"> Cut dry matter losses with these four management tactics </div> <div class="node-body article-body">These four strategies can cut your silage losses and maximize quality. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/silage/stymie-silage-shrink" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/silage/stymie-silage-shrink#comments SILAGE Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:12:00 +0000 25011 at http://hayandforage.com <p>This bunker is a good example of silage packed and sealed well for effective feed-out with minimal surface spoilage.</p> Photo: Keith Bolsen How To Minimize Ash Content Of Forage http://hayandforage.com/hay/how-minimize-ash-content-forage <div class="field-byline"> Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin Extension forage specialist </div> <div class="field-deck"> Ash takes the place of nutrients </div> <div class="node-body article-body">From harvest to storage and feed-out, here are ways growers can minimize ash in forage.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/hay/how-minimize-ash-content-forage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/hay/how-minimize-ash-content-forage#comments HAY Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:21:00 +0000 25021 at http://hayandforage.com <p>Ground-driven wheel rakes can incorporate a good amount of ash into hay.</p> Photo: Neil Tietz Keep Feed Close With Automated Pusher http://hayandforage.com/equipment/keep-feed-close-automated-pusher <div class="field-deck"> DeLaval pusher keeps rations within reach of animals </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The DeLaval feed pusher travels along feed bunk and puts feed where animals can easily reach it. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/equipment/keep-feed-close-automated-pusher" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/equipment/keep-feed-close-automated-pusher#comments EQUIPMENT Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:10:00 +0000 24961 at http://hayandforage.com Missouri Meeting To Focus On Alfalfa http://hayandforage.com/alfalfa/missouri-meeting-focus-alfalfa <div class="field-deck"> Legume’s benefits in cattle nutrition will be discussed </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A University of Missouri Extension program will focus on growing alfalfa to supplement beef and dairy diets. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/alfalfa/missouri-meeting-focus-alfalfa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/alfalfa/missouri-meeting-focus-alfalfa#comments Alfalfa Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:05:00 +0000 25091 at http://hayandforage.com <p>Alfalfa establishment and management tips will be offered at an April 22 University of Missouri field tour and program.</p> Southeast Hay Convention Recap Posted http://hayandforage.com/hay/southeast-hay-convention-recap-posted <div class="field-deck"> Hay production to weed problems and fertilizer are addressed </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Materials from the 2014 Southeast Hay Convention are available online. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/hay/southeast-hay-convention-recap-posted" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/hay/southeast-hay-convention-recap-posted#comments HAY Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:47:00 +0000 25081 at http://hayandforage.com <p>How to cut, cure and handle hay to retain its quality was one of the topics presented at the Southeast Hay Convention. Session handouts are available on the University of Georgia Extension forages website.&nbsp;</p> Idaho Hay Group Honors Scott Jackson http://hayandforage.com/hay/idaho-hay-group-honors-scott-jackson <div class="field-deck"> Head of Jackson Trucking Co. receives Don Hale award </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Scott Jackson is the 2014 recipient of the Idaho Hay & Forage Association’s Don Hale Hall of Fame Award.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/hay/idaho-hay-group-honors-scott-jackson" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/hay/idaho-hay-group-honors-scott-jackson#comments HAY Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:41:00 +0000 25071 at http://hayandforage.com <p>Winner of the Don Hale Hall of Fame Award, given by the Idaho Hay &amp; Forage Association, is Scott Jackson of Scott Jackson Trucking Co., Jerome, ID.</p> Photo: Scott Jackson Trucking Co. Kansas Hay Growers Battle Dry Weather http://hayandforage.com/hay/kansas-hay-growers-battle-dry-weather <div class="field-deck"> Pre-watering underway on alfalfa stands </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Dry weather throughout Kansas is a major concern for its hay growers as the 2014 harvest season gears up. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/hay/kansas-hay-growers-battle-dry-weather" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/hay/kansas-hay-growers-battle-dry-weather#comments HAY Hay Marketing Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:12:00 +0000 25061 at http://hayandforage.com <p>Alfalfa growers in parts of Kansas are already irrigating fields.</p> Prices Float At Iowa Hay Auction http://hayandforage.com/marketing/prices-float-iowa-hay-auction <div class="field-deck"> Alfalfa small squares are bringing $4-5.50/bale </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Hay prices have had their ups and downs this year at Shell Rock Hay Auction in Iowa.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/marketing/prices-float-iowa-hay-auction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/marketing/prices-float-iowa-hay-auction#comments MARKETING Hay Marketing Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:47:00 +0000 25051 at http://hayandforage.com <p>Wide swings in hay prices have been the norm at Iowa&rsquo;s Shell Rock Hay Auction in recent months.</p> Tight Hay Supplies Ahead, Acreage Report Indicates http://hayandforage.com/marketing/tight-hay-supplies-ahead-acreage-report-indicates <div class="field-deck"> Expect supply side pressure on prices in 2014 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Flat hay acre estimates for 2014 indicate hay supplies will be tight and prices strong. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/marketing/tight-hay-supplies-ahead-acreage-report-indicates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/marketing/tight-hay-supplies-ahead-acreage-report-indicates#comments MARKETING Hay Marketing Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:38:00 +0000 25041 at http://hayandforage.com <p>With hay acreage remaining low, prices are likely to remain strong, especially for high-quality hay.</p> Photo: Rick Mooney Legumes Match Nitrogen In Tall Fescue Study http://hayandforage.com/grasses/legumes-match-nitrogen-tall-fescue-study <div class="field-deck"> Pasture mixture delivers forage yields and steer gains </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Pasture mixtures of tall fescue and a legume delivered forage yields and steer gains equal to those from pure tall fescue fertilized with nitrogen.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/grasses/legumes-match-nitrogen-tall-fescue-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/grasses/legumes-match-nitrogen-tall-fescue-study#comments Grasses Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:50:00 +0000 24991 at http://hayandforage.com Will You Produce More Hay This Year? http://hayandforage.com/poll/04072014 <div class="node-body advpoll_binary-body"><p>USDA predicts&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">in its March&nbsp;</span><a href="http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/ProsPlan/ProsPlan-03-31-2014.txt" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;" target="_blank"><em style="font-size: 13px;">Prospective Plantings</em></a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;report&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px;">that U.S. hay growers will harvest only 10,000 more acres in 2014 than they harvested in 2013</span><span style="font-size: 13px;">.</span></p></div><form action="/poll/04072014" accept-charset="UTF-8" method="post" id="advpoll-voting-binary-form-0" class="advpoll-vote"> <div><div class="poll"> <div class="advpoll-available-choices"> <div class="vote-choices"> <div class="form-radios"><div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-591-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-591"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-591" name="choice" value="591" class="form-radio" /> Yes.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-601-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-601"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-601" name="choice" value="601" class="form-radio" /> No.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-611-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-611"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-611" name="choice" value="611" class="form-radio" /> I certainly plan to!</label> </div> </div> </div> </div> <input type="hidden" name="ajax" id="edit-ajax" value="" class="ajax" /> <input type="hidden" name="nid" id="edit-nid" value="25031" class="edit-nid" /> <input type="submit" name="op" id="edit-vote-binary-0" value="Answer" class="form-submit" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_build_id" id="form-0b2dd1aa036af0a6261180c520e80155" value="form-0b2dd1aa036af0a6261180c520e80155" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_id" id="edit-advpoll-voting-binary-form" value="advpoll_voting_binary_form" /> </div> </div></form> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/poll/04072014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/poll/04072014#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:39:42 +0000 25031 at http://hayandforage.com Controlled-Release Nitrogen Improves Bermudagrass Yield http://hayandforage.com/grasses/controlled-release-nitrogen-improves-bermudagrass-yield <div class="field-deck"> Researchers recommend blending urea with nitrogen </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Blending urea with a controlled-release nitrogen product improved season-long bermudagrass yields.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/grasses/controlled-release-nitrogen-improves-bermudagrass-yield" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/grasses/controlled-release-nitrogen-improves-bermudagrass-yield#comments Grasses Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:02:00 +0000 25001 at http://hayandforage.com Photo: Neil Tietz Herbicide Beats Mob Grazing For Sod Suppression http://hayandforage.com/grazing/herbicide-beats-mob-grazing-sod-suppression <div class="field-deck"> Forage yield is 40% greater in sprayed paddocks than in grazed, research shows </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Glyphosate works better than mob grazing for sod suppression, University of Minnesota researchers say. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/grazing/herbicide-beats-mob-grazing-sod-suppression" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/grazing/herbicide-beats-mob-grazing-sod-suppression#comments GRAZING Grazing Sun, 06 Apr 2014 14:38:00 +0000 24981 at http://hayandforage.com Photo: Fae Holin Guide Covers Alfalfa In Saline Soils http://hayandforage.com/alfalfa/guide-covers-alfalfa-saline-soils <div class="field-deck"> Seed company publishes Alfalfa Management For Saline Soils </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A new 24-page guide is intended to build a better understanding of soil salinity and its impact on alfalfa.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/alfalfa/guide-covers-alfalfa-saline-soils" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/alfalfa/guide-covers-alfalfa-saline-soils#comments Alfalfa Sun, 06 Apr 2014 14:29:00 +0000 24971 at http://hayandforage.com Watch The DeLaval Feed Pusher In Action http://hayandforage.com/equipment/watch-delaval-feed-pusher-action <div class="node-body video-body">Watch the DeLaval feed pusher FPM300 push feed along a feed bunk. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/equipment/watch-delaval-feed-pusher-action" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/equipment/watch-delaval-feed-pusher-action#comments EQUIPMENT Sat, 05 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 24321 at http://hayandforage.com Hay Acreage To Stay Mostly Flat http://hayandforage.com/hay/hay-acreage-stay-mostly-flat <div class="field-deck"> USDA forecasts all-hay harvest at about 58.3 million acres </div> <div class="node-body article-body">USDA's estimated harvested all-hay acres for 2014 total 58.3 million, an increase of 2 million acres over that harvested in 2012. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/hay/hay-acreage-stay-mostly-flat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/hay/hay-acreage-stay-mostly-flat#comments HAY Hay Marketing Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:56:00 +0000 24941 at http://hayandforage.com <p>All-hay acres will increase only slightly in 2014, according to a report released Monday by USDA. Compared to acres harvested in 2012, however, this year&#39;s total will show an increase of 2 million acres.</p> Ohio State Offers Hay Production School http://hayandforage.com/hay/ohio-state-offers-hay-production-school <div class="field-deck"> Day-long event offers classroom, on-farm sessions </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An Ohio hay production school, set for April 16, will address pasture and hay fertility and hay cutting management.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/hay/ohio-state-offers-hay-production-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/hay/ohio-state-offers-hay-production-school#comments HAY Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:33:00 +0000 24931 at http://hayandforage.com Southern California Hay Balers Ready To Roll http://hayandforage.com/hay/southern-california-hay-balers-ready-roll <div class="field-deck"> Alfalfa second-cutting ramps up this week </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Alfalfa growers in parts of southern California are getting ready to start second cutting. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/hay/southern-california-hay-balers-ready-roll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/hay/southern-california-hay-balers-ready-roll#comments HAY Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:26:00 +0000 24921 at http://hayandforage.com <p>Southern California alfalfa growers plan to start second cutting this week.</p> Volume High At Minnesota Hay Auction http://hayandforage.com/marketing/volume-high-minnesota-hay-auction <div class="field-deck"> Western, Canadian sellers seek Midwestern markets </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Western and Canadian hay sellers have sent large volumes of hay to a Minnesota auction. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/marketing/volume-high-minnesota-hay-auction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/marketing/volume-high-minnesota-hay-auction#comments MARKETING Hay Marketing Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:38:00 +0000 24911 at http://hayandforage.com <p>Hay from Canada and states west of Minnesota is being sold in the Midwest, says auctioneer Randy Kath.</p> Kentucky Horse Hay In Demand http://hayandforage.com/horses/kentucky-horse-hay-demand <div class="field-deck"> Tough winter strains supply of small square bales </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Small square bales of horse hay are in demand in Kentucky. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hayandforage.com/horses/kentucky-horse-hay-demand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hayandforage.com/horses/kentucky-horse-hay-demand#comments Horses Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:20:00 +0000 24901 at http://hayandforage.com <p>Small square bales of hay were fed at a rapid clip in recent months, says grower Mark Flynn, here with his son, Bryce.</p> Photo: Flynn Farms of Kentucky