July 24, 2018
The end of July always marks a crucial time for forage producers, especially those with livestock mouths to feed and less than desirable forage inventories. But then again, even if forage inventories...

July 17, 2018
It’s remarkable how much we’ve learned over the years about forages, their nutrient components, and how to feed them. It’s equally remarkable how much we don’t know...

July 10, 2018
The situation: A large cattle ranch in Florida was having reproductive problems that included low conception rates, embryonic losses, abortions, and a reduced live-calf crop...

July 3, 2018
Butch Lay and his wife, Lisa, are survivors. In addition to survival skills, Butch is also an experimenter, a person who is not afraid to make a wrong decision, and someone who values feed and forage...

June 26, 2018
One of the many things that David Letterman gets remembered for is his Top 10 lists. These lists included such things as the Top 10 Signs Your Kid Had a Bad First Day at School, the Top 10...

June 19, 2018
Hay markets, as with most markets, are fickle and driven by a plethora of related and unrelated forces. Though it’s our domestic livestock industry and regional weather that ultimately has the most...

June 12, 2018
“We manage it as best we can.” That’s the typical response I get from livestock producers, beef or dairy, when I ask them about bloat issues from their pure or nearly pure legume pastures, espe...

June 5, 2018
The all-hay and alfalfa hay price averages both moved significantly higher during April based on USDA’s most recent Agricultural Prices report released last week. The all-hay price hit $162 per ton...

June 5, 2018
Every farmer has done “it.” That “it” is to walk a new forage seeding field that just never developed. There is nothing more disheartening than a newly seeded hayfield or pasture that for one...

May 29, 2018
Rain is both a blessing and a curse to the haymaker...