Aug. 24, 2021
As the final days of August tick away, there is the realization that alfalfa plants will soon begin to downshift...


Aug. 19, 2021
In the April/May 2021 issue of Hay & Forage Grower, I wrote an article titled “How hay became a four-letter word.”...


Aug. 19, 2021
Plastics net wrap is a common binding material for large round hay bales, but it can present health challenges for cattle due to buildup in the rumen...


Aug. 19, 2021
How often have you harvested a beautiful field of alfalfa or a newly established stand of a high-quality variety of alfalfa, only to find out later that the lab test results were only average?...


Aug. 3, 2021
Forage producers differ greatly in their tolerance for weeds that invade hayfields or pastures. In the West, where hay is often grown for retail or export, there is nearly zero tolerance...


July 6, 2021
It’s well known that the growing environment can impact the quality of forage. Cool temperatures generally are favorable for improving fiber digestibility, hot temperatures will speed plant maturity...


June 29, 2021
One of the rituals here at the W.D. Hoard & Sons Company is that the editors of each magazine proof copy from all the other magazines. This being the case, I read a lot of articles on the care of...


June 15, 2021
Measuring forage yield has never been easy, at least compared to weighing grain crops off the combine. During my university extension days, I spent many years dragging around heavy pad scales, one per...


May 25, 2021
Although growers in the West and the South are well underway with this year’s alfalfa harvest, those in the Northern half of the U.S. are still greasing their mowers. It’s the start of another cla...


May 18, 2021
The U.S. haymow is about 12% emptier today than it was one year ago.Based on USDA’s Crop Production report released last week, May 1 hay stocks dropped by almost 2.5 million tons...