Feb. 15, 2017
Perhaps more than any other season, winter is a period for reflection. The USDA helps in this regard with their bevy of January production reports. I, like many people, have sometimes looked at...

Feb. 14, 2017
For the moment, let’s put harvest timing aside, though it plays a primary role in harvested forage quality. We’ll also leave alfalfa genetics on the sideline, reduced lignin or not.Cutting to the...

Feb. 7, 2017
Here’s the thing about biological systems: stuff happens.Such was the case for Steve Orloff in the spring of 2014. The extension farm advisor in Siskiyou County, Calif., was on a farm to troubleshoo...

Jan. 31, 2017
It’s not for everyone and probably needs to be viewed as a grazing system tool that is situation specific. Those seemed to be the take-home messages from a discussion session on mob grazing at last...

Jan. 26, 2017
It was difficult to attend a forage meeting in the past 12 months that didn’t have reduced-lignin alfalfa somewhere on the agenda. The HarvXtra trait is the second transgenic offering to alfalfa growers...

Jan. 24, 2017
The weather geeks at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tell us that 2016 was the second warmest year for the U.S. in the 122 years of record keeping. It was the 24th wettest y...

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...