Jan. 19, 2016
January is a month for post-holiday adjustment, football play-offs, W-2 forms, farm meetings and year-end financial analysis. It’s also the month when the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) releases their Crop Production Annual Summary report. Prominent in the document are (near) final estimates of past year crop acres, yields and total production. It’s a good...


Jan. 19, 2016
Though snow is not always a welcome occurrence, for alfalfa growers there is nothing that aids winter survival of the crop better than a good blanket of the white stuff. “Alfalfa loves snow,” says Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska forage agronomist. “As single digit and below zero temperatures arrive, be happy if you received snow recently,” he notes. In a recent edition of Nebraska’s CropWatch, Anderson explains that last fall’s moderate weather...


Jan. 12, 2016
Let's be honest . . . if you’re involved in a facet of production agriculture, yield is a big part of your life. On the farm, it’s an economic driver; at the coffee shop, fodder for b...


Jan. 5, 2016
Let's face it, 2016 is not going to be a banner year for high milk and beef prices. As such, the prudent manager won't just blindly cut expenses but rather look for those places where eliminat...


Dec. 29, 2015
Black Friday is but a distant memory, the unwrapping ceremonies are complete, and Santa is back at the North Pole sipping hot chocolate, if not something stronger. The attention this week turns...


Dec. 22, 2015
In human terms, having an extended number of years under your belt equates to more experience. This often, but not always, results in more knowledge...


Dec. 15, 2015
There are two ways to approach a problem: Walk away from it or try to solve it. In the latter case, when people become invested in an idea they want to make work — hurdles or not —...


Dec. 15, 2015
eHay Weekly contributor and author of the Hoyt Report, Seth Hoyt, kicked-off this year's Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium with a hay situation outlook for the West. Here is some of...


Dec. 8, 2015
It's often said that you can't avoid death and taxes. You can also add hay quality losses during storage to the list. Glenn Shewmaker, extension forage specialist at the University of Idaho, report...


Nov. 24, 2015
The reduced-lignin alfalfa era is barely out of the starting gate, and though we don't know for sure what its magnitude of impact will be, most industry experts agree that it will be significan...