Nov. 27, 2018
Low-lignin forages are a hot topic in agriculture. With high digestibility and improved milk yield, it’s easy to understand why BMR (brown midrib) corn hybrids and reduced-lignin alfalfa varieties...


Nov. 26, 2018
Throughout the United States, a lot of alfalfa is grown with grass. This is sometimes done by design, but other times it occurs unintentionally. In some areas, grass is very well adapted...


Nov. 26, 2018
When I began my career as an extension agent in 1977, there was not a round baler in my county...


Nov. 20, 2018
Sitting comfortably reclined in my living room and watching the Weather Channel on the evening of October 11, I couldn’t believe the devastation. Hurricane Michael had made landfall on the Florida P...


Nov. 19, 2018
We have all seen the effects that weathering causes when hay is stored outside. Most of the deterioration is on the outer layer of the bale and particularly where it rests on the soil...


Nov. 19, 2018
Summer and winter alfalfa are different in structure. The change occurs during the process of hardening in the fall to allow the alfalfa plant to survive colder temperatures...


Nov. 13, 2018
As alfalfa producers look to new varieties with the promise of improved fiber digestibility, don’t forget about some of the basics that will allow for full economic returns.That’s the advice from...


Nov. 6, 2018
“If you still think relative feed value (RFV) is a good measure of forage quality, I’m not going to be able to help you today.” That was the opening disclaimer offered by Duarte Diaz, extension...


Oct. 30, 2018
Many years ago, during my extension agent days, I got a phone call from a large dairy producer. The conversation went something like this:DP: “Mike, these seed salesmen are beating me up and I don�...


Oct. 16, 2018
Grass — any grass — is somewhat peculiar in that a specific species or variety likely will perform differently depending on what region or state it is grown in. That was just one of the take-home...