Oct. 26, 2021
“One of the major factors negatively impacting harvested alfalfa forage quality is leaf loss,” asserted David Weakley, director of forage research nutrition for Forage Genetics Internatinoal...


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
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?...


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...


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...