Dec. 8, 2020
The average price of U.S. alfalfa hay held firm at $171 per ton, exactly the same as the September price and $7 per ton lower than one year ago. The latest USDA Agricultural Prices report pegged other...

Dec. 1, 2020
In the southern Great Plains, wheat is by far the most common annual forage that is utilized by cattle operations. Thousands of winter wheat acres are used as dual-purpose grazing and grain crops or g...

Dec. 1, 2020
The age-old battle of determining the optimum corn silage hybrid maturity has always been a bit like playing Russian roulette. The higher yields promised by pushing the maturity higher for a give...

Nov. 24, 2020
A chill is in the air, and the choppers are tucked away for winter maintenance. Out of the silos comes the fruits of the summer’s labors in the form of (hopefully) high-quality silage and haylage...

Nov. 24, 2020
Arial seeding of cover crops into late season corn or soybean fields is nothing new. However, irregularly shaped, small fields and those characterized by rough terrain may not be suitable for ae...

Nov. 24, 2020
Let’s face it — cutting and baling hay is an enjoyable undertaking for most people in the hay business. The same is true for seeing a new stand of alfalfa...

Nov. 17, 2020
Many Montana livestock producers winter-graze mid- to late gestation cattle on dormant alfalfa fields to make use of the protein- and energy-rich forage...

Nov. 17, 2020
This is the time of year when farmers like to put their perennial pastures out to pasture . . . so to speak . . . and let their cattle consume cornstalks, although the stalks are generally not what get devoured. It might seem that grazing corn residue is pretty straightforward, but the reality is that a high level of management is needed to maintain cattle performance and be good stewards of the land. In a University of Nebraska (UN) beef cattle extension webinar last...

Nov. 17, 2020
There are plenty of exceptional haymakers across the U.S.; however, for commercial hay growers or those who simply have extra inventory to sell, haymaking is only half of the equation. There’s also hay marketing to deal with.Most companies have a marketing department or hire a marketing firm. Farmers generally don’t have that luxury. Marketing is just one more hat that needs to be worn and, for many, it’s not a hat that often fits very well.Depending on the year...

Nov. 16, 2020
If they don’t bale hay in heaven, then Stan Steffen isn’t interested in making the trip...