Nov. 5, 2019
As the growing season comes to an end, the hay buying and selling season begins.It’s still amazing how many round bales get sold on a per bale/roll basis rather than by weight. It’s a practice tha...

Oct. 29, 2019
Don and Nancy Hasselquist sold their dairy herd back in the mid-2000s; however, that wasn’t the end of their haymaking days.“I wanted to keep my heifers and raise hay on the erodible ground, but I...

Oct. 22, 2019
Alfalfa has been identified as one of the crops that is eligible for government payments to farmers as a result of the retaliatory tariffs imposed by China on agricultural crops — alfalfa hay among...

Oct. 22, 2019
Many regions have now or will soon reach the point when significant alfalfa regrowth won’t occur if the crop is cut one more time. Research has historically shown that cutting when the chances for r...

Oct. 15, 2019
Four years. That’s how long the HarvXtra trait has been in the alfalfa grower’s toolbox and likewise growing in farm fields. I know of at least one farmer who has 1,200 acres of HarvXtra alfalfa i...

Oct. 8, 2019
The hay export business has never been one for the weak of heart, but that’s been especially true over the past couple of years.“Overall, things have been kind of okay since the Chines...

Oct. 1, 2019
Alfalfa has long been a staple forage across most of United States. That “most” could be changed to “all” if not for the Southeastern states where alfalfa has historically been a nonfactor in...

Sept. 24, 2019
Moving from a dry hay system to baleage involves additional capital investment. In fact, it’s a major reason why many hay producers don’t make that switch.Even with the additional cash outlay for...

Sept. 17, 2019
Wherever I traveled this summer, a common theme was that the spring and early summer were extremely wet. This caused problems getting any high-quality hay made, but it also was problematic from the st...

Sept. 10, 2019
After working and agonizing to keep alfalfa stands productive for multiple years, producers know the time will come when all fields must be terminated in a Rambo-like manner. The term “p...