Bruce Anderson - Extension Forage Specialist
May 12, 2017
The rye, triticale, and other small grains you planted last fall are starting to grow tall and should be harvested for hay or silage soon. While they may not be as good feed as corn silage or alfalfa hay, they can provide good feed when harvested and fed correctly.
April 28, 2017
While several areas of the state experienced lows below 28°F this week, widespread alfalfa losses are not expected at this time.
If you're concerned about whether your alfalfa may have suffered frost injury, remember that frozen alfalfa usually needs some time to recover before damage can be estimated.
April 21, 2017
Are you finding weeds in your new alfalfa? Vigorous weed growth this spring may make it extra tough for your seedlings as weeds reduce growth of new alfalfa by shading and competing for moisture.
April 11, 2017
If you were left with more hay than you expected after the open winter, save some in case of drought and then plan how to use the rest strategically to extend its value.
April 10, 2017
Before planting alfalfa or grass this spring, take time to ensure that your seedbed is firm and ready to nurture seedlings.
Walk acoss the field, looking back at your footprints. Do you sink in more deeply than the soles of your shoes or boots? If so, your seedbed may be too soft.
April 10, 2017
If rain damage often plagues your hay making, you might consider using plastic wrap this year. Try baling it tough, then wrapping it with stretch plastic wrap to keep water and air out while keeping nutrients in.
April 7, 2017
If you're looking for a place to spread manure, a heavy dose before planting alfalfa can pay big dividends. Applying manure before seeding alfalfa may seem counter productive since alfalfa is not likely to benefit from any nitrogen in the manure, but manure also is rich in phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, and many micronutrients that alfalfa needs in large quantities.
March 23, 2017
Roundup Ready alfalfa seed can be expensive, but establishing a new field may not cost as much as you think if you follow these recommendations.