Feb. 11, 2020
For the second time in three years, total U.S. hay exports in 2019 eclipsed 4 million metric tons (MT). This was accomplished despite the flurry of trade battles that waged on and off during the past...

Feb. 11, 2020
Pitchers and catchers report to Major League baseball spring training camps this week. Beginning in the South, that’s a cue to be thinking about frost seeding pastures to bolster both productivity a...

Feb. 4, 2020
Pick a cow . . . any cow. How tolerant is she to fescue toxicosis? The truth is: We don’t always know. But how great would it be if we did? I’m convinced that someday we will select bulls and...

Feb. 4, 2020
There was a day when establishing alfalfa with a cereal grain companion crop was a standard operating procedure; then, better herbicide options were brought to market.Although companion crops are not...

Jan. 28, 2020
Photo: Robert Webster There are lots of things in life that rarely occur. The Chicago Cubs, for example, take home a World Series title about once per century. The Kansas City Chiefs are particip...

Jan. 21, 2020
Gary Bates is a self-proclaimed world’s expert on forage establishment failures. “Nobody has made more mistakes than me,” he said with tongue in cheek.The director of the University of Tennessee...

Jan. 14, 2020
The annual slug of hay and forage data that defines the previous year’s hay production and year-ending inventories arrived in inboxes last Friday. The USDA’s Crop Production and Crop Production An...

Jan. 13, 2020
As the growing season comes to an end, the hay buying and selling season begins. It’s still amazing how many round bales get sold on a per bale/roll basis rather than by weight...

Jan. 13, 2020
Richie Rainville grew up on a dairy farm in the far northern reaches of Vermont, near the town of Highgate and about 2 miles from the Canadian border...

Jan. 13, 2020
Jon Bansen is an open and amiable dairy farmer; he’s also one not to mince words or hold back on what he thinks...