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...


April 29, 2021
The rising value of protein over the last 10 months should cause dairy producers and dairy nutritionists to reconsider the value of alfalfa hay and silage in dairy rations...


April 27, 2021
IT SEEMS pretty straightforward. In the West, we irrigate pastures; in the East, we don’t. In the East, it rains frequently, and in the West, it doesn’t. Plain as black and white...


April 27, 2021
Nighttime temperatures last week were low enough to frost or freeze alfalfa plants across a large swath of the United States...


April 27, 2021
A critical component of profitable alfalfa production is the need to establish a dense, vigorous stand...


April 13, 2021
When our little Jack Russell Terrier needs an outdoor potty break, he jumps up on a bench in our living room and rattles the window blinds with his nose...


March 30, 2021
Dealing with rain is just part of the deal if you’re a haymaker in the humid East. Even in an average year, working around raindrops is a challenge, but in a wet year, the frustration can exceed intense...


March 16, 2021
It was a long run of soft commodity prices, but the stagnant situation of recent years came to an abrupt halt during the back half of 2020 as corn and soybean prices skyrocketed to levels not seen sin...


March 9, 2021
It’s been known for a long time that seeding alfalfa into or immediately after a terminated alfalfa stand doesn’t often yield good results. But that’s about all we know...