Jan. 14, 2020
Nobody wants to bale hay that is higher in moisture than it should be, but all haymakers have done it.Moisture offers an in-bale environment where microbes and fungi remain active, which both creates...


Jan. 7, 2020
If you grow alfalfa, then you also probably know that the species is a big-time user and remover of soil potassium (K). The crop can easily remove 50 to 60 pounds per acre of K per dry matter ton harv...


Jan. 7, 2020
A wet spring and growing season left limited inventories of average and high-quality hay in many areas.Kevin Gould, a Michigan State University extension beef educator, notes that during the winter of...


Dec. 31, 2019
Just in case reading eHay Weekly wasn’t first on your “to do” list every Tuesday morning of the past year, here’s a chance to catch up with the 10 most popular articles that came through your...


Dec. 31, 2019
The average U.S. alfalfa hay price during November dropped by $6 per ton, following a $2 drop the previous month.The latest USDA Agricultural Prices report pegged alfalfa at $173 per ton, which was th...


Dec. 24, 2019
There are many opinions on the proper use of small grain (cereal) silages. Some argue its quality should mimic alfalfa to optimize milk production. Others say that regardless of protein and fiber cont...


Dec. 24, 2019
It makes a difference when you feed hay to a spring-calving beef herd, and each December Glenn Selk reminds us of this fact.Selk, an emeritus animal science professor at Oklahoma State University, not...


Dec. 17, 2019
As forage growth slows in the fall and early winter, pastures can have a tendency to be overgrazed. For some livestock producers in the mid-South, hay feeding has begun. “Most people aren’t r...


Dec. 17, 2019
Improper storage and feeding methods can lead to drastic amounts of forage waste. Reducing losses by just a few percentages has a direct effect on the financial status of a livestock operation.Striving to lower forage storage and feeding waste also often improves forage quality. Jessica Williamson, Penn State University extension forage specialist, explains in her recent article the different options producers have for better utilizing winter feed.“Dry hay has the...


Dec. 10, 2019
If anyone should be experts in winter grazing where snow is a big part of the picture, it ought to be our Canadian friends to the north.Canada’s Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) recently provided...