June 15, 2021
Measuring forage yield has never been easy, at least compared to weighing grain crops off the combine. During my university extension days, I spent many years dragging around heavy pad scales, one per...


May 25, 2021
Although growers in the West and the South are well underway with this year’s alfalfa harvest, those in the Northern half of the U.S. are still greasing their mowers. It’s the start of another cla...


May 18, 2021
The U.S. haymow is about 12% emptier today than it was one year ago.Based on USDA’s Crop Production report released last week, May 1 hay stocks dropped by almost 2.5 million tons...


May 11, 2021
Hay harvesting and feeding strategies are as variable as the weather that often dictates them...


May 4, 2021
Although the popularity of game shows on television has never been higher, rarely do you hear questions that pertain to agriculture. One might argue that there needs to be a game show with...


April 29, 2021
The rising value of protein over the last 10 months should cause dairy producers and dairy nutritionists to reconsider the value of alfalfa hay and silage in dairy rations...


April 27, 2021
Rapidly drying hay and forage to the desired moisture for safe conservation is both challenging and frustrating...


April 27, 2021
Current hay and forage inventories are approaching their annual low...


April 27, 2021
IT SEEMS pretty straightforward. In the West, we irrigate pastures; in the East, we don’t. In the East, it rains frequently, and in the West, it doesn’t. Plain as black and white...


April 27, 2021
Nighttime temperatures last week were low enough to frost or freeze alfalfa plants across a large swath of the United States...