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Poll: Alfalfa Variety Selection
Poll: Forage Quality
Poll: Forage inventory
– – Forage Inventory Results
Poll: Hay rake preference?
– – Hay Rake Survey Results
Poll: Forage-Making Season
– – Forage-Making Season Results
Poll: Time of Alfalfa Cutting
– – Alfalfa-Cutting Time Results
The forage offseason is here
Nov. 16, 2020
Every good baseball or football fan knows that the offseason is when decisions are made that often dictate future success or failure. It’s a time of reckoning and planning...
Does drought stress improve fiber digestibility?
Aug. 21, 2020
I get more milk from my silage.” This is a frequent response from farmers when I ask about the effects of drought stress on corn silage quality...
Higher forage rations deserve a look
April 6, 2020
Dairy cattle and other ruminants are biologically designed to convert forages and other fibrous feeds into high-quality milk and meat for human consumption...
Unexpected bright spots
Jan. 13, 2020
The 2019 growing and harvest season experience for many farmers was like entering a boxing ring, with one (or two) hands tied behind your back...
A front row view of dairying in Kenya
Sept. 5, 2019
Last June, I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya, Africa. This was my first time in Africa. I traveled mainly from Nairobi to Nakuru...
Turning back the plant maturity clock
July 2, 2019
There’s an old saying that goes something like this: “You can’t get blood out of a turnip.” It often is used in context with trying to get money out of someone who is either excessively frugal...
Robotic milking demands focus on forage quality
May 20, 2019
Is robotic milking continues to grow in the U.S., we are gaining knowledge and understanding of the interactions between nutrition, cow comfort, animal behavior, and facility design...
Hit your forage program target
March 15, 2019
The forage program on your farm is the foundation in developing a successful, efficient, and profitable feeding program...
Reduce silage loss at the exposed face
Feb. 21, 2019
Of the several types of silos used commercially, pile silos, which ensile forage under a plastic cover after packing, are popular in many areas, especially on large farms...
Low-lignin forages in dairy diets
Jan. 15, 2019
Besides providing energy for maintenance and lactation, forages stimulate chewing and salivation, rumination, gut motility and health, regulate feed consumption, and are the structural basis of the ruminal mat...