May 16, 2023
As grass seedheads develop this spring, take time to check for ergot development...

May 16, 2023
Even without scientific scrutiny, our eyes tell us that a perennial forage crop like alfalfa should benefit the soil...

May 9, 2023
As is the case with harvest timing, cutting height makes a difference in terms of yield and persistence. But there are options and distinct differences between alfalfa and grasses...

May 2, 2023
It's not Idaho’s Magic Valley, nor is it Washington’s fertile Columbia Basin. Rather, it’s the land in between, located on the western edge of Idaho in the far eastern Palouse region. Here, in Idaho’s Panhandle, is where Wade Simons and his wife, Edie, have built a successful farm business, leasing land that, by their own admission, “most farmers don’t want.”...

May 2, 2023
Choices: We make them every day. Some seem big, others less significant, but only time can truly measure the magnitude of choice outcomes...

May 2, 2023
It’s this time of year when grasses show us and tell us what they’re made of. They tell us what they like and what they don’t like. It seems some people never learn the language of grasses...

May 2, 2023
We’ve already heard some reports of frost- and freeze-damaged alfalfa this spring. More will likely come. Although regional, frost or freeze-induced injury to alfalfa seems to occur every year.Frost...

April 25, 2023
Who would have thought not too many years ago that crabgrass would reach the rock-star status it now enjoys? Even its name isn’t particularly enticing.Okay, maybe there are some of you who sti...

April 25, 2023
When Saudi-owned Fondomonte Arizona LLC began alfalfa production operations in western Arizona about eight years ago, there was a lot of pushback from both farmers and other nonfarm entities. Th...

April 18, 2023
Perhaps the weakest link in the entire alfalfa production cycle is getting a healthy, vigorous stand. Subsequent production, forage quality, and persistence hinge on it.During a “Field Crops Virtual...