Just in case reading eHay Weekly wasn’t on your Top 10 “to do” list every Tuesday morning of the past year, here’s a chance to catch up with the most read articles that came through your inbox during 2018. Looking ahead to 2019, we will once again strive to bring you relevant forage production and marketing information each week.

In the order by when they appeared, here are eHay Weekly’s Top 10 from 2018:

It just doesn’t work

Though often tried, rarely does seeding alfalfa after or into alfalfa result in a successful outcome.
March 6

Turning the forage world upside down

In this article, we discuss tannin-containing forages and how they may someday provide a huge economic and environmental boon for livestock agriculture. In some cases, they already are. March 20

Checking in on farm custom rates

The annual review of custom rates from states that compile such information is one of our most popular reads every year. March 27

Round bale abuse

Far too much hay is wasted and lost because of the way round bales are stored outside. It’s a simple fix. April 3

The disappearing sickle bar mower

In this article, we examine why the sickle bar mower is approaching extinct species status. April 17

Round bale binding results are in

This South Dakota State University survey set out to learn how haymakers are binding and feeding their round bales. April 24

Yikes! Hay stocks plunge 36 percent

Going into the 2018 haymaking season, hay stocks in the U.S. were well below the previous year. Missouri, for example, was down over 60 percent. May 15

The Top 7 factors for quality hay

This article summarized comments made by Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia Extension forage specialist, during an Alabama Forage Focus webinar. June 26

Count him out on RFV

Duarte Diaz, University of Arizona Extension dairy specialist, discusses why relative feed value (RFV) has run its useful course as a hay quality metric. November 6

This is happening much too often

Following the death of yet another agricultural worker to a silo face collapse, this article serves as another reminder to make sure employees are trained on the inherent dangers of working around silage bunkers and piles. December 11