Hoard's Dairyman Farm
Custom harvesting business adds diversity
Aug. 31, 2017
The Huffman Farms’ custom harvesting crew prepares to chop a field for a local dairy farm. Johan Brink (back row) manages the custom enterprise. South African H-2A employees are the backbone of the...
Drown or fry?
July 11, 2017
In most years, there are always farms and ranches that find themselves in the middle of a severe drought, while others are saddled with an extended period of relentless rain...
June 13, 2017
Perhaps no flowering legume catches the eye more than crimson clover. Native to southern Europe, farmers and ranchers in the southern U.S. noted its value as a green manure and grazing crop...
Got milk? You bet he does
April 30, 2017
Long-time nutritionist Steve Woodford (left) and Tom Kestell regularly discuss forage quality tests and associated ration adjustments for Kestell’s high-producing dairy herd...
Growing into pasture-finished beef
March 1, 2017
Pasture-finished beef is becoming more popular among consumers. However, finishing beef solely on pasture grasses with no grains requires a very aggressive level of pasture management throughout...
Diversify your forages
Feb. 27, 2017
Dairy farmers who grow their own forages should focus on diversity. Throughout the eastern United States, perennial grasses such as orchardgrass, timothy, reed canarygrass, and fescue are common...
Small square bales rule on this Kentucky farm
Feb. 27, 2017
Geralds likes to bale his alfalfa- orchardgrass fields between 12 and 15 percent moisture. Each of his six balers is equipped with a moisture tester...
Illinois farmer leads, adjusts, and diversifies
Feb. 15, 2017
Ron Tombaugh’s entrepreneurial nature helped him successfully integrate a haying and trucking business. In Streator, Ill., the epicenter of corn and soybean country, Tombaugh bought his first round baler...
A lifelong investment in agriculture’s future
Nov. 2, 2016
The author is the Hay & Forage Grower editorial intern and a student at South Dakota State University. Ed Ballard has been managing the Dudley Smith Farm since its establishment in 1995...
They feed more alfalfa leaves
Oct. 24, 2016
At one time, baling hay was one of the most stressful times of the year for Maddox Dairy. “I don’t think Grandpa ever slept at night during the haying season,” said Steven Maddox, wh...