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...

Jan. 9, 2020
Most people, organizations, and other entities like to make progress, a happy and positive word. Progress is also a battleground...

Jan. 7, 2020
We’ve all used rules of thumb in our daily decision-making processes. Such rules or axioms are generally helpful and, more often than not, result in favorable outcomes.Farming and ranching don’t l...

Dec. 31, 2019
Natalie Shaw was working as the equine specialist for a major livestock nutrition company when she asked Steve Fransen what needed to be done to boost the supply of available teff grass hay for horse...