Sept. 7, 2021
At a recent field day, Brody Stapel explained how their farm is transitioning away from alfalfa by feeding more winter cereals and summer annual forage mixtures.Double Dutch Dairy, near Cedar Grove, Wi...


Aug. 31, 2021
At no point in the history of U.S. agriculture have winter cereal grains been relied upon as a staple forage resource more than they currently are...


June 8, 2021
The family of sorghum crops was once considered fodder for those who farmed in more arid regions of the U.S. and really had few other mid-summer forage alternatives.That line of thinking has gone the...


April 27, 2021
In the past few years, there has been growing interest in warm-season annual forages, including forage sorghum, sudangrass, and sorghum-sudangrass...


Jan. 19, 2021
Historically, dairy rations have utilized corn silage and alfalfa as the primary forage components. While farms have had a lot of success feeding these forages, the need to grow more digestible fiber per acre has pushed many progressive dairies to “alternative” forage options...


Sept. 29, 2020
It’s officially fall. A few in the far North have perhaps already experienced a killing freeze or heavy frost. For most, it’s yet to come.As the hours of sunlight get shorter, I have always felt t...


Sept. 8, 2020
Every year, we see new ideas come down the pike. Time, of course, is the best measure of success for any new idea or technology. If something doesn’t work, its staying power is usually short...


July 14, 2020
Who doesn’t like oats? In 1930, there were nearly 40 million acres of oats harvested for grain in the United States. By contrast, the 2017 Census of Agriculture pegged harvested oat acres at ju...


May 12, 2020
Sorghum-Sudangrass is an important crop worldwide. It has value as a forage resource and is cheaper to grow compared to many other summer annuals such as corn...


March 13, 2020
Anderson is a senior research associate and Xue-Feng Ma is an assistant professor at the Noble Research Institute, Ardmore, Okla.Small grains are often grazed during vegetative stages or harvested as green silage, baleage, or dry hay. It is important to select the right crop or variety to fit an operation. Understanding environmental conditions and soil characteristics of the farm are helpful in selecting a proper crop. In general, rye is better suited for sandy soils...