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Poll: Forage Quality 2023
Poll: Forage Inventory 2023
Time for an alfalfa gut check
Oct. 18, 2022
Let’s be honest: Alfalfa has taken somewhat of a hit over the past 20 years. It’s enough to break an alfalfa guy or girl’s heart. Since 2005, there has been about a 30% drop off in harveste...
Ditch and CRP hay may offer oxygen
Sept. 27, 2022
As we learned too often during the pandemic, artificial life support is sometimes needed to see people through a tough time and get them to better times...
Don’t leave alfalfa leaves in the dust
Sept. 20, 2022
Fall is always a good time to focus on leaves...
The many faces of forage testing
Sept. 6, 2022
If you grow or harvest forage, develop forage products, sell stuff to people who grow forage, educate people who grow forage, do research for people who grow forage, or just buy forage, then consider...
Is the risk of fall alfalfa cutting overrated?
Aug. 30, 2022
Although Labor Day doesn’t mark the official beginning of fall, it’s difficult to classify September as a summer month...
The round bale conundrum
Aug. 23, 2022
One of biggest advantages of large round bales is that they can be stored outside with minimal dry matter losses. One of the biggest disadvantages is that they can be stored outside...
Altitude adds energy value to alfalfa hay
Aug. 10, 2022
The list of components in a dairy cow’s ration includes forages, nonfiber carbohydrate feeds (grains and by-products), rumen degradable and by-pass proteins, fat, minerals, vitamins, and other feed...
Forage and feed proteins are complex
Aug. 10, 2022
During nutrition workshops with students and industry professionals, I generally break nutrition analysis training down into sections corresponding to nutrients or nutrient digestion measures...
Mixing it up on alfalfa-grass mixtures
Aug. 9, 2022
No dairy farm looks the same. The same can be said for their perennial forage fields, most notably those with alfalfa...
Ponderings on high-priced potassium
Aug. 2, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic shut down world economies for extended periods and continues to have a long tail. Ramping back up hasn’t been easy as evidenced by production challenges of goods and services...
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