Aug. 3, 2021
Forage producers differ greatly in their tolerance for weeds that invade hayfields or pastures. In the West, where hay is often grown for retail or export, there is nearly zero tolerance. Conversely...

July 27, 2021
As July rounds the home turn for the stretch run, forage plants begin to shift into a different gear. Producers might want to consider doing the same, especially those looking to bolster stored...

July 20, 2021
The Willamette Valley in Oregon is the epicenter for grass seed production. If you’ve ever seeded a cool-season grass for grazing or hay production, there’s a high likelihood the seed was produced...

July 13, 2021
Back in my college days, I found it interesting the different approaches my student peers had for taking tests, especially final exams. Of course, there were those who simply didn’t care what grade...

July 6, 2021
It’s well known that the growing environment can impact the quality of forage. Cool temperatures generally are favorable for improving fiber digestibility, hot temperatures will speed plant maturity...

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 22, 2021
According to Wikipedia, a world-renowned authority (insert sarcasm here) on everything, the Goldilocks principle is named based on an analogy to the children's story "The Three Bears." The tal...

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...

June 8, 2021
The family of sorghum crops was once considered fodder for those who farmed in more arid regions of the U.S. and really had few other mid-summer forage alternatives.That line of thinking has gone the...

June 1, 2021
Through the years, we’ve made great strides in evaluating forage quality. With each passing new discovery and resulting new forage metric, we think we’ve got it figured out. Often, we don’t.In a...