Odessa Grange

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We provide agronomic expertise on all crops produced in central Eastern Washington and cover a large service area in the upper Columbia Basin. We are located in a rain shadow with annual rainfall between 8 and 14 inches; 75 percent of our farm ground is dryland and 25 percent is irrigated.

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ALFALFA NEWS

Conditioning hay and haylage

April 26, 2021 To effectively condition hay or haylage, we need to understand the forage drying process: Read more

Economics of remoisturizing alfalfa

April 26, 2021 Having the correct amount of moisture in harvested alfalfa at the time of baling is critical to maximizing economic return. In many of the areas of the western U.S., moisture levels of alfalfa hay in the windrow can dry to the point that leaves and stems will shatter during the baling process. Read more

Beat the weather and keep your leaves

April 26, 2021 Baled silage, or baleage, is forage baled at a higher moisture content than dry hay and then stored in sealed plastic wrap. The high moisture level and air-tight environment create favorable conditions for anaerobic fermentation and production of lactic and acetic acids that preserve the forage. Read more

FORAGE NEWS

Myth-busting 8 common beliefs about cover crops

April 7, 2021 Myths surrounding cover crops typically fall into one of two camps. The first camp is that of detriment, with concerns about available moisture being sucked up in a drought-prone area or fear that cash crop yields will be hurt. The second is misplaced expectations – placing cover crops on a...

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The reintroduction of sainfoin

April 2, 2021 Sainfoin is an old forage that is receiving renewed interest. It is known as a legume that has low bloat potential and also suppresses internal parasites in ruminants. Read more

Perennial peanut: Your questions answered

February 23, 2021 Often referred to as “the alfalfa of the South,” the addition of perennial peanut into forage systems has been a game-changer for many Florida cattlemen looking to improve their ranch’s performance. Read more

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