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Poll: Hay rake preference?
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Poll: Forage-Making Season
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Poll: Time of Alfalfa Cutting
– – Alfalfa-Cutting Time Results
We’ve got a (bale) weight problem
Nov. 5, 2019
As the growing season comes to an end, the hay buying and selling season begins.It’s still amazing how many round bales get sold on a per bale/roll basis rather than by weight. It’s a practice tha...
The alfalfa check is in the mail . . . or is it?
Oct. 22, 2019
Alfalfa has been identified as one of the crops that is eligible for government payments to farmers as a result of the retaliatory tariffs imposed by China on agricultural crops — alfalfa hay among...
Checking in on reduced-lignin alfalfa
Oct. 15, 2019
Four years. That’s how long the HarvXtra trait has been in the alfalfa grower’s toolbox and likewise growing in farm fields. I know of at least one farmer who has 1,200 acres of HarvXtra alfalfa i...
Acre by acre, alfalfa invades the South
Oct. 1, 2019
Alfalfa has long been a staple forage across most of United States. That “most” could be changed to “all” if not for the Southeastern states where alfalfa has historically been a nonfactor in...
Checking in on those new alfalfa seedings
Sept. 17, 2019
Wherever I traveled this summer, a common theme was that the spring and early summer were extremely wet. This caused problems getting any high-quality hay made, but it also was problematic from the st...
It’s alfalfa killing time
Sept. 10, 2019
After working and agonizing to keep alfalfa stands productive for multiple years, producers know the time will come when all fields must be terminated in a Rambo-like manner. The term “p...
Yield trends for the King and Queen of forages
Sept. 6, 2019
If corn is king, then alfalfa is the queen of forages. Corn silage and alfalfa complement one another well in forage cropping systems for dairy/livestock systems...
Alfalfa may be more salt tolerant than we thought
Sept. 5, 2019
Along with reduced irrigation water supplies, soil salinity is a major problem facing irrigated agriculture in the western United States, particularly as we confront a warming climate...
Don’t let weather rain on your parade
Sept. 5, 2019
If you drive through any agriculture-based town and stop into the local coffee shop, I can almost guarantee that there will be at least four or five conversations about the weather...
A different kind of champion
Sept. 5, 2019
While champion bovines are being named on the colored wood shavings at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., each October, the best of the best in forages are also competing for a title of...