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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
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Tired of alfalfa winterkill, undependability
Sept. 1, 2020
The Midwest dairy farmer’s lament was to the point: “If I didn’t have to worry about winterkill, I’d definitely grow more alfalfa.”This farmer, like many others sitting at the meeting table...
Let the alfalfa seeding begin
July 28, 2020
Back in the day, I would constantly correct people when they referred to a “fall seeding” of alfalfa. Fall is simply too late; more correctly, it was, or at least should be in the North, a “late...
Joe’s alfalfa field had a problem
June 2, 2020
It was actually a sulfur study. I was at Joe’s farm to gather some alfalfa tissue and soil samples from one of his fields as part of a statewide assessment on sulfur fertility. What with fewer indus...
Valuing alfalfa is complicated
May 18, 2020
According to data that was recently released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), there are roughly 1.8 million dairy cows in California...
Don’t skimp on alfalfa quality
May 12, 2020
With tight margins in the dairy industry, we sometimes look to reduce feed costs as a method to improve margins...
Options for marginal alfalfa stands this spring
April 14, 2020
While alfalfa fields in the South are being cut, some for a second time, those in the North are just waking from winter slumber . . . or at least we hope they are. The hope is that a combination...
A mystery & reality
April 7, 2020
Herbicide-tolerant crops have been widely adopted across production agriculture. Over 90% of canola, sugar beet, soybean, cotton, and corn crops in the U.S. are herbicide tolerant...
Soil moisture sensing for forage irrigation
April 6, 2020
There are many methods used by growers to determine when and how much to irrigate forages. Some decide to turn the water on after handling a shovel-full of soil...
Appraising forages with dollars and sense
March 13, 2020
Whether you are in the business of growing and selling forages or feeding cattle, correctly assigning the economic value of forages can impact profitability...
Ten irrigation tips for dairies
March 12, 2020
Just like managing dairy cows, there is a lot more to putting water on crops than it looks...