Hoard's Dairyman Farm
Grasses and legumes possess important differences
Aug. 31, 2017
The decision to purchase forage can be easy when stocks are low and forage availability is scarce. Under this scenario, the decision relies on purchasing whatever is available...
Do corn genetics matter when grazing residue?
Feb. 15, 2017
Every year I hear cattle producers make the comment: “Cattle don’t seem to do as well as they used to when grazing corn residue.”...
Potassium in forages . . . why does it matter?
Feb. 1, 2017
Anionic salts are typically incorporated in feed rations for close-up dry cows...
Consider oats, brassicas after corn silage
Nov. 9, 2016
It makes sense to cover the ground and protect our precious soil and water resources, especially after harvest of corn silage; but why not also produce additional forage?...
Beef profits may hinge on forage quality
Oct. 18, 2016
Margins are precariously thin for cow-calf and stocker operations. As the time has come to hunker down for winter feeding and grazing, harvested forage quality may very well be the determining factor...
Buying hay: Lower quality may make sense
Oct. 18, 2016
Due to the current beef-market situation, many producers are evaluating ways to cut costs without negatively impacting production. Feeding cows comprises the largest percentage of annual producti...
Cheapest forage is not always the answer
Aug. 31, 2016
When talking about interpersonal relationships, we may frequently say, “What I don’t know won’t hurt me.” The flip side of this is saying “Ouch! Knowing that really hurts!”...
Harvesting Summer Annual Forage Crops
June 2, 2015
Summer annual forages (such as pearl millet, sorghum x sudangrass hybrids, etc.) are known for their remarkable ability to grow fast and produce several tons of forage in a short time period, ev...