Maximize milk production with quality crops and forages.


March 30 2012
Mahanna is with Pioneer, a DuPont Business, and is an adjunct professor at Iowa State University; Thomas is retired from the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute and president of Oak Point...
Nov. 8 2011
Mahanna is with Pioneer, a DuPont Business, and is an adjunct professor at Iowa State University; Thomas is retired from the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute and president of Oak Point...
Sept. 10 2011
Surplus moisture during vegetative growth appears to have the greatest effect on reducing NDFD (neutral detergent fiber digestibility)
Aug. 25 2011
Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for growing crops. But in the wrong place - in excess concentration in streams, rivers, and lakes - it can lead to algal blooms
Aug. 15 2011
If the appropriate conditions are met, late summer alfalfa seeding is an opportunity you should take advantage of. According to Dan Undersander, extension forage agronomist at the University of Wisconsin,...
Aug. 10 2011
by Ev Thomas and Bill Mahanna Thomas is retired from the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute and president of Oak Point Agronomics Ltd.; Mahanna is with Pioneer, a DuPont Business, and is...
June 15 2011
Sulfur and potassium deficiency could be reducing alfalfa yields. The survey reported in this article was funded by the Midwest Forage Association
June 10 2011
Harvest decisions dictate alfalfa's value, fate. Mahanna is with Pioneer, a DuPont Business, and is an adjunct professor at Iowa State University. Site selection, good soil fertility, and a forgiving growing...
June 2 2011
Conditioning and wide swaths speed dry down
May 13 2011
Pennsylvania updates custom and rental rates Determining if a quoted custom rate is a fair price can be somewhat challenging especially with today's higher fuel costs. To help give all parties perspective...
April 29 2011
Corn populations and row width deserve review. Summarizing corn population research can be daunting. There are reams of studies that address specific
March 31 2011
Grass is finding newfound respect by Ev Thomas and Bill Mahanna Thomas is retired from the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute and is the president of Oak Point Agronomics Ltd., Hammond, N.Y....
March 25 2011
Most growers have limited experiences with Roundup Ready alfalfa. While RR alfalfa may have its place in crop rotations, it is not an option for mixed forage stands. A comparison of recent genetic advancement...
Jan. 10 2011
The foundation of our rations has been and always will be forage. That's the way the ruminant's digestive system works
Dec. 15 2010
Years of repeated tillage and equipment traffic have left many farm soils compacted. In some cases, this compaction can cause water to pond and also lead to shallow root depths which limit crop yields....
Dec. 15 2010
A major goal of corn silage making is to reduce oxygen and raise acidity rapidly so that lactic acid bacteria grow to stabilize and preserve or "pickle" the silage. Often, people believe that corn silage...
Dec. 15 2010
Bale silage a great option in wet climates. Mastering the fermentation cycle will lead to the best possible product for your herd. A group of farmers and livestock producers gathered at the historic Hereth...
Dec. 15 2010
Little details make all the difference in baleage. Making bale silage is a combination of science and art. Mastering the details will lead to the best possible forage. A good tight bale of hay silage with...
Dec. 13 2010
What's a fair price for standing hay? Many factors must be considered including forage quality and yields, stand life, nutrient costs, and who is doing the work. A written contract can tie it all together....
Dec. 13 2010
The lower milk prices are generally, the harder it is to justify high-priced alfalfa. Having by-product feeds nearby is a key. Dairy hay prices have climbed in recent years as hay acreages have declined....