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...

May 22, 2018
Consumer sales and profits generally spike dramatically during the last two months of the year as the Christmas season is accompanied by a flurry of gift buying and giving — for better or worse. Acco...

May 15, 2018
If you’re one of those hay producers who has stuck it out through a period of lower prices, take heed because times are changing. On the heels of USDA’s Prospective Plantings report that predicts...

May 1, 2018
“Do you want to fly with me and check out the crops?” That was the question I got more than 25 years ago from a fertilizer dealer in my county who also had his pilot’s license. I had never flow...