Jan. 17, 2017
After a year of prognosticating what might be the case, we now know what is the case ... or at least as close to knowing as we can be.The USDA’s Crop Production and Crop Production Annual Summary re...

Jan. 15, 2017
Everybody has a unique story of how and why they made agriculture their chosen career. I developed my interest by making, stacking, throwing, walking on, and feeding small square bales. My assor...

Jan. 15, 2017
HFG: Did you always aspire to be an alfalfa breeder, or did that opportunity just open up once you completed graduate school at New Mexico State University? DM: During college, I had no...

Jan. 10, 2017
Though short of the discussion dedicated to Donald Trump, it’s been interesting to note the amount of dialogue dedicated to bale net wrap during the past few months. However, it’s safe to say that...

Jan. 3, 2017
With the holidays in the rearview mirror, the last vestige of a distraction to the routine of feeding cows during winter has come and gone. Now it’s snow, ice, sleet, rain, mud, cold, and wind ... f...

Dec. 26, 2016
You’ve read before in this space about my opinions regarding the current USDA market hay grades and why using them is the equivalent of calling your neighbor on a party line rotary-dial phone.There�...

Dec. 20, 2016
It’s often said that drastic times are cause for drastic measures. So what do you do when hay prices reach levels not seen in many years and you’re in the business of selling hay? That was...

Dec. 13, 2016
“Our failure rate was just too high,” said Dan Funke to those in attendance at the California Alfalfa & Forage Symposium.The veteran Larchwood, Iowa, haymaker was referring to his abilit...

Dec. 6, 2016
This has been a tough year for hay growers in the West.The basic economic principles of high carryover supplies coupled with more alfalfa acres, higher production, and lower domestic demand from dairi...

Nov. 29, 2016
How does a person who is long on desire, will, and motivation but short on capital enter the dairy business?Often it is by working on an established farm, but without a clear path to someday own...