Nov. 9, 2016
Who doesn’t like a good debate?Perhaps one of the greatest learning and decision-making tools a person can employ is to take an opposite view, whether you believe it or not, and engage in debate...

Nov. 8, 2016
It’s Election Day — so what better time to address a forage topic that is wrought with opinion, controversy, and conflict.Through my years as an extension agent and now as the managing editor of a...

Nov. 6, 2016
Amidst the rolling hills of Lancaster County, Pa., you will find everything from state-of-the-art dairies to picturesque, modest-sized Amish and Mennonite farms...

Nov. 1, 2016
When I moved to Wisconsin in 1988, one of the things I noticed in short order was that baling hay of any size, shape, or type was a minimal, if not nonexistent summer activity on most dairy farms. Thi...

Nov. 1, 2016
tithe tith n : a tenth part paid or given It’s usually about this time of year when churches across the U.S. begin their pledge campaigns to meet the ensuing year’s budget...

Oct. 25, 2016
I wonder what Ed Nolt is thinking these days. Many people argue that the small square bale is all but a history lesson . . . but is it?Nolt, a Pennsylvania Dutchman, invented the prototype for t...

Oct. 18, 2016
Margins are precariously thin for cow-calf and stocker operations. As the time has come to hunker down for winter feeding and grazing, harvested forage quality may very well be the determining factor...

Oct. 11, 2016
Forage quality is a significant player in our high-producing dairy herds.This was one of the conclusions made after 14 high-producing Wisconsin dairy operators were surveyed regarding their feeding pr...

Oct. 4, 2016
Alfalfa enhanced with the transgenic, reduced-lignin trait being marketed as HarvXtra was made available in limited supplies for spring 2016 planting. In 2017, at least 10 seed marketers will offer Ha...

Sept. 27, 2016
The thought of alfalfa being traded on the futures market is a concept that probably scares a lot of hay growers and marketers. After all, supply, demand, quality, and good old-fashioned one-on-one ne...