June 19, 2018
Within the United States, only 10 percent of alfalfa stands are seeded with a forage grass. “That’s hard for us in the Northeast to believe because in the Northeast about 85 percent of the alfalf...

June 19, 2018
Aggressively growing and eventually blooming in late May or early June, multiflora rose is a weed that plagues many pastures. But through a variety of possible tactics, this meddlesome weed can be con...

June 12, 2018
Summer annual grass grazing is a great tool for livestock operations. While it adds flexibility, management decisions are needed to make it worth the time and cost. Sorghum-sudangrass (sudex), sudang...

June 12, 2018
A common recommendation of agronomists is to let one alfalfa cutting reach bloom each year. Ev Thomas, retired agronomist from the Miner Research Institute in Chazy, N.Y., says otherwise in The Willi...

June 5, 2018
You could say there was a perfect storm coming into this spring. The combination of wet weather, cool temperatures, and less growing degree days has led to slow pasture growth. Low hay stockpiles have...

June 5, 2018
Across the U.S., acres of grass are being harvested for hay with a majority destined to be stored as bales for winter forage. This hay must be able to provide the necessary amount of protein and energ...

May 29, 2018
Across much of the United States, producers are gearing up for or just finished their first hay cutting. As easy as it is to get swept up in the hustle of the season, pay close attention to cutt...

May 29, 2018
The continued advancement of technology has made it easier to get more done in fewer minutes. But the process of packing silage piles is a task that needs ample time to complete, notes Nathan Hmicek...

May 22, 2018
The return of green grass to pastures is an anticipated sight for many beef producers. It’s the sign they’ve been waiting for to move away from stored feedstuffs in drylots to letting cattle graze...

May 22, 2018
Make a wrong forage harvest timing decision and it will cost you during the months ahead. Most producers are well aware of this mantra. However, a lesser-known fact is that the height of alfalfa is a key indicator of when to cut your forage crop, including pure grass stands. According to Rick Grant, president of The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, N.Y., Cornell research suggests to begin cutting pure grass stands when nearby alfalfa fields...