September 15, 2020

• July alfalfa exports to all trade partners were down 1.4% compared to one year ago, according to USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Year-to-date exports through July remain 14.5% ahead of 2019.

• U.S. alfalfa exports to China during July were up by nearly 50% and totaled 103,240 metric tons (MT). Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and South Korea all imported fewer alfalfa tons during July compared to one year ago.

• As of August 1, alfalfa acres in the U.S. harvested as dry hay are forecasted to drop by 2.3% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Total alfalfa hay production is expected to drop by nearly 6% because of both reduced average yields and fewer acres.

• In the September Crop Production report, USDA dropped their estimate of U.S. corn production by 2% from the previous month to 14.9 billion bushels. Yields are now expected to average 178.5 bushels per acre, down 3.3 bushels from the August forecast but 11.1 bushels higher than last year. The yield forecast, if realized, would mark a new record for average yield.

• Livestock producers in the southeast U.S. are being encouraged to participate in a regional hay feeding survey. The short survey can be completed here.

September 8, 2020

The University of Nebraska offers some tips on windrow grazing annual forages to extend the grazing season.
The National Hay Association will hold a virtual annual meeting this year on September 18, 2020. It’s the organization’s 125th anniversary.
Weigh, test, and sample hay before you buy. Cheap feed may not be cheap in the long run, according to University of Missouri specialists.
The art and science of grazing don’t always match.
Mississippi State University recently posted this Rocky Lemus presentation on “Developing Efficient Winter Grazing Systems.”

September 1, 2020

• Fertilizer prices remain well below a year ago. Based on the most recent Illinois Production Cost Report, retail urea prices have nitrogen at 39 cents per pound, phosphorus is at 30 cents per pound of P2O5, and potassium checks in at 28 cents per pound of K2O. Now is a good time to catch up on potassium applications for alfalfa fields.

• Here’s a good overview of considerations to be made before cutting alfalfa this month.

• Retail giant Walmart is looking to graze toward a sustainable beef supply chain.

• After your corn silage is in the bunker or pile, here’s what happens.

• Kansas State University offers some tips for late summer and fall-seeded alfalfa.