Jan. 14 2022
Alfalfa is known for its high nutritional value, and that makes it a valued forage source. However, alfalfa is often hindered nutritionally because of the indigestible lignin components
Jan. 13 2022
Inflated fertilizer prices are just one of the exacerbated input costs farmers are dealing with as we enter a new year and season
Dec. 6 2021
For dairy farmers, risk planning goes beyond the Dairy Margin Coverage program, Dairy Revenue Protection, and the many tools in the futures market
Nov. 15 2021
Hay crop silage making is finished for this year for many dairymen. Typically, it would be months before thoughts turn to ensiling the spring hay crop
Nov. 10 2021
A feed and forage outlook for the year aheadMike Hutjens, University of Illinois, and Mike Rankin, Hay & Forage Grower magazinesponsored by Chr. Hansen Large regions of drought and exce
Sept. 17 2021
Every farm must wait until conditions are right for harvesting the next crop, but when you see neighbors and friends roll out their choppers and combines, it is difficult to be patient
Aug. 23 2021
Holtz Dairy uses a rotational grazing system to help feed their organic dairy herd. They converted 150 acres to this system after being unable to grow crops on the soil
Aug. 15 2021
Sometimes our hay and silage samples were getting burned because we forgot to turn the moisture tester off after the allotted time was up
Aug. 15 2021
Corn must be ensiled at the proper moisture for optimum fermentation. However, determining whole plant moisture can be problematic
Aug. 12 2021
As some areas across the country face short feed inventories, dairy farmers may be limping along and stretching forage supplies to make it through until the next crop is harvested
July 12 2021
Research by the USDA Agricultural Research Service at its station in Idaho found higher crop yields where livestock manure had previously been applied
June 9 2021
California’s water situation has not been good for a long time; however, this year could prove to be even worse
May 7 2021
As one of the most influential scientists of his generation, Peter Van Soest forever changed fiber analysis and the way we feed our cows. This Washington State dairy farm boy from humble immigra
April 19 2021
Every year before forage harvest begins, the questions come regarding quality or quantity of forage
April 5 2021
Matt Kaschmitter, a managing partner for Silverstreak Dairy, shared his insight in building connections between livestock producers and crop farmers at the Midwest Forage Association’s virtual annual...
April 1 2021
The corn planting season will start soon in most regions of the U.S. This means it is time for planning our silage replenishment strategies
March 25 2021
Planting and growing an alfalfa-grass mix is really a two prong question. Does it work from an agronomic aspect? How will the cows respond when putting milk into the bulk tank?
March 18 2021
Researchers at Cornell University performed studies on how corn hybrid type impacted kernel processing, and they found the factors that had the biggest influence were ear-to-stover ratio and ear dry matter
Dec. 29 2020
Coming out of graduate school over a decade ago, I had sound academic training from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I needed a few years of experience in the fields and agriculture industry to begin...
Dec. 21 2020
Farmers should have soil analyses done on all their fields on a regular basis. Most nutrient management plans require soil testing at least once every three years