Feb. 10 2019
The business decision to purchase seed, grow, harvest, and then incorporate reduced-lignin forages into your high-performing dairy diets is more than a nutritional balancing act
Dec. 24 2018
It was a very wet fall for some regions of the country, including the Midwest. That made corn silage harvest a challenge to say the least
Dec. 17 2018
No-till and cover crops improve soil health, but benefits of these cropping methods also reach the pocketbook
Nov. 15 2018
On occasion, growers ask for advice on forage seed mixtures. When growers are considering new alfalfa seedings, their questions focus on what other legume or grass species to add with alfalfa, and how...
Oct. 15 2018
While not a devastating year for growing crops, it certainly was not ideal. Weather, milk prices, and export bureaucracy have left many feeling a bit underwhelmed
Oct. 13 2018
The feed supply: the quality cards we’ve been dealt presented by Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois and Mike Rankin, Hay & Forage Grower magazine
Oct. 8 2018
Mike Rankin and Mike Hutjens, forage feeding specialists, will reviewed 2018 forage and crop yields, pricing, quality, and availability parameters. Additionally, supplements and by-product feeds was summarized,...
Sept. 10 2018
Tree bark and wood are robust analogies for the impact that lignin has within plant cell walls. Lignin is a structural component of plant cell walls, nested within both acid detergent (ADF) and neutral...
Aug. 10 2018
Wiersma is the alfalfa business manager with DuPont Pioneer. Thomas is retired from the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute and president of Oak Point Agronomics Ltd. Soil fertility is an
Aug. 10 2018
Cows being fed corn silage often tell two different tales when changing from old to new crop silage. In some years, the story is positive with a resulting uptick in animal health and performance. At o
July 20 2018
As farmers get their choppers, trucks, and tractors ready to chop and store corn silage, there is one other thing they should plan out ahead of time this chopping season – testing your kernel processor
July 16 2018
With a growing world population, we hear time and again that we will have to feed more people with fewer farmers and less resources
July 16 2018
The lowdown on
July 15 2018
There’s a lot of interest in sulfur fertilization these days. Environmental efforts to reduce air pollution have been highly successful, and much less sulfur is now deposited on cropland via precipitation
July 9 2018
There’s considerable interest in reduced-lignin alfalfa, which comes from both genetically modified varieties and those developed using conventional plant breeding. Reduced-lignin alfalfa can provide very...
June 15 2018
Feed costs make up the largest expense on most dairy farms. Forage production and the affiliated cost to grow, harvest, and store forage is a significant portion of the feed costs
May 25 2018
When every dollar counts, dairy producers must decide where to invest their time and resources
May 25 2018
When every dollar counts, dairy producers must decide where to invest their time and resources. For some, hiring custom operators for cropwork and manure hauling allows them to focus on the dairy side
April 25 2018
Winter grains, primarily winter triticale or winter rye, are growing in popularity. With management backed by research, yields have moved from 1.5 to 2 tons of dry matter
March 10 2018
The plant breeders who developed reduced-lignin alfalfa probably didn’t spend much time considering its use in alfalfa-grass seedings