Dec. 15, 2020
It’s common knowledge: Headlands look worse and yield lower than the interior sections of most fields because of excessive field traffic, greater pest pressure, and tree lines that block sunlight an...

Dec. 8, 2020
In checking his list, we have it on good authority that Santa gave forage producers and their crops high marks in 2020.Thinking back about six months ago, we were given the news that May 1 hay invento...

Dec. 8, 2020
Photo: Jeff Graybill, Penn StateBy definition, cover crops are planted to protect the soil and contribute to improved soil health. However, often these annual forages are also grazed or harvested as l...

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...