How quickly things can change here in Ohio! Not much longer than a month ago, while I was moving cattle from one paddock to another, I was amazed at how wet it was for the middle of July. It seemed more like early March weather because it was really muddy when I put the cows through a gate into a new paddock. I don't ever remember my livestock pugging paddocks in July before, but there was some this year.
Forage analysis can be a useful tool to remove some of the mystery concerning the hay that producers will feed this winter. Testing the grass hays this year for protein and energy content will help the producer design winter supplementation programs most appropriate for the forage supply that is available. Any of the potential nitrate accumulating hays should be tested for nitrate concentration.
The 2015 haying season will be wrapping up in the next month, and with that many sellers will be pricing the bales they put up this summer. Knowing costs would help provide a lower bound or minimum asking price for hay. Market forces and quality levels also need to be considered.
With recent rains causing delays in completing the wheat harvest, there have been reports of damaged wheat, particularly in the northern areas of South Dakota. In some cases, factors such as vomitoxin or ergot have caused the affected wheat to be unmarketable.
Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini today encouraged producers to examine the available U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the sales deadline for fall crops.
Dan Thomson speaks with Section Leader for Veterinary Toxicology from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Steve Ensley about ergot toxicity and things that can be associated with that.
Haying season is in full swing across the state and with that comes a feed inventory analysis opportunity for each producer. Beyond “How many bales” the inventory should look at the quality of the feed in storage.
The haying situation this spring and early summer has been a little different than usual due to the prolonged and widespread rains. Historically, producers with winter annual forages to bale, like ryegrass and graze-out wheat, could compare the risk of cutting hay early and getting it rained on during hay curing versus the certainty of lower quality by waiting to cut it.