Hoard's Dairyman Farm
First Cut: Forage wars
Nov. 9, 2016
Who doesn’t like a good debate?Perhaps one of the greatest learning and decision-making tools a person can employ is to take an opposite view, whether you believe it or not, and engage in debate...
First Cut: Unlike any other cutting
April 27, 2016
Whether you’re cutting alfalfa in southern Vermont or northern California, one commonality across the miles is that first-cut alfalfa is different than all of the rest...
First Cut: A dose of toxicosis
March 23, 2016
Even the name — fescue toxicosis — sounds like life support is eminent. Though it’s been known about for years, fescue toxicosis continues to haunt the livestock industry in a manner...
A bright alfalfa future
Feb. 25, 2016
In a job like mine, traveling to meetings and conferences around the country comes with the territory. Following a slug of recent fall and winter forage fests, one of the many things I’v...
Back in business
Nov. 2, 2015
Agriculturally, you might call it dormant or fallow. That’s been the status of Hay & Forage Grower magazine since late last year when its publisher terminated the publication...
First Cut: The seeding rate conundrum
Jan. 26, 2016
Not long ago I was sitting in a farm office talking to a dairy producer about his forage cropping program. Amongst the flurry of questions I asked was, “What is your alfalfa seeding rate?” H...
First Cut: Time for a change
Jan. 20, 2016
Sometimes doing nothing is easier than making a change. That’s currently where things stand with our hay marketing and grading standards...