Sept. 16 2019
Take control. That’s a message I echoed in a recent webinar to dairy forage growers. Get out, scout your fields with your agronomist and assess your corn’s current growth stage
Aug. 19 2019
Converting from conventional tillage to a reduced or no-till cropping system may come with a learning curve, but in terms of corn planting, it doesn’t require new machinery
Aug. 12 2019
Rather than planting the same crop in the same field year after year, rotating between two or more crops is the healthier route to go
July 25 2019
We are in full swing corn silage harvesting mode here at Hillcrest Farms. Last week temperatures rose to 100°F and higher and the humidity was right there with it
July 22 2019
We’ve fielded numerous support requests centering on managing through an unprecedented wet spring and summer from the High Plains through the Northeast
July 12 2019
Take a look at long forage particles in your feed. They may be slowing your cows down at the feedbunk.It is time to update our recommendations for optimal ration particle size
July 11 2019
I do a lot of corn planting at night in the dark. My planter doesn’t have any work lights at the back by the row units and seed tanks, and it is a headache to always have to carry a fl
June 1 2019
One of the challenges of growing alfalfa is the potential for winter injury and stand thinning or loss
May 27 2019
Across much of the Midwest, the hope for a perfect growing season has already been dashed as planters and forage harvesters sit idle in barn sheds as one of the wettest springs in recent memory imposes...
April 12 2019
Spring means alfalfa scouting and corn planting. Gear up for another year
March 29 2019
Last week, I officially shed the winter coat and put it away. I’m not talking away, away because I’ve now lived in Wisconsin long enough to understand that sometimes April will pretend to be...
Feb. 21 2019
The dramatic climb in the use of winter grains for very high-quality forage, which also protects the environment in a sustainable manner, has opened a new forage rotation window of opportunity
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...