May 12, 2020
John Marble readily admits that there is almost nothing about his beef grazing operation that is normal. “We just do things differently than most people,” said the Crawfordsville, Ore., rancher. �...

May 12, 2020
Working as an extension agent or crop consultant, you eventually get the question, “When it is too late to plant (fill in the blank) in the spring?”Every state extension service has their “recom...

May 12, 2020
Widespread frost and freeze events have occurred across a broad swath of the middle and upper U.S. in the past week. Some fields had already accumulated significant growth.Frost damage to alfalfa will...

May 5, 2020
Alfalfa may be known as the “Queen of Forages,” but there’s no disputing the fact that grasses are grown more widely across the U.S. and provide the backbone of the greater forage industry.Grass...

April 28, 2020
The shadows sway and seem to saytonight we pray for water, cool water.And way up there, He'll hear our prayerand show us where there's water, cool, clear, water. It was almost 80 years ago when...

April 28, 2020
Baring a repeat of 2019, it’s safe to say that a lot of first cutting alfalfa and/or grass will be made during the next month. It’s probably a good time to emphasize the fact that first cutting, m...

April 21, 2020
Although they’re still sometimes referred to as “alternative forages,” winter cereals have reached mainstream status on many dairy and beef operations. Farmers have found that winter rye, winter...

April 14, 2020
While alfalfa fields in the South are being cut, some for a second time, those in the North are just waking from winter slumber . . . or at least we hope they are. The hope is that a combination...

April 7, 2020
Spring — the time of year when pastures are green, growing, and soil moisture is plentiful. So, does that make grazing decisions easier or more difficult compared to mid-summer or fall when pastures...

April 6, 2020
The view in my rearview mirror mimicked the Dust Bowl as the tires kicked up loose dirt on one of Iowa’s signature gravel roads...