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Why are hay lab test results different?

August 30, 2018

Hay producers often ask, “Why are forage quality test results for the same haystack different among laboratories?” There are significant sources of variation, or error, hay producers and consumers should realize.

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Managing hay equipment to minimize loss

May 31, 2018

Harvest management can have a huge effect on both the yield and quality of harvested forage. Leaves have a relative forage quality of about 550, while stems have a relative forage quality of 70 to 80.

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High-nitrate alfalfa hay

May 31, 2018

Early season weather forecasts suggest the 2018 summer could be a repeat of 2016, when many alfalfa producers discovered excessively high alfalfa hay nitrates. The question frequently asked is, “How do I prevent this from happening again?”

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Workable and profitable corn-interseeded alfalfa production systems

May 1, 2018

Growing alfalfa in rotation with corn improves yields, reduces the risk of crop loss, reduces fertilizer nitrogen and pest control inputs, spreads cropping and labor activities throughout the growing season, improves soil quality and reduces cropland vulnerability to nitrate leaching, soil...

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Should we allow alfalfa to bloom?

April 27, 2018

To bloom or not to bloom, that is the question.

There are differences of opinion as to whether farmers should allow their established alfalfa to bloom at least once each summer.

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Knowing when and where fungicides fit in alfalfa management

April 27, 2018

Many diseases caused by fungi affect alfalfa. Common leaf spot, leptosphaerulina leaf spot, spring black stem and leaf spot, and stemphylium leaf spot are among the more important foliar diseases often encountered in the Upper Midwest.

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