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Hay storage considerations

Hay bales stored outdoors that do not form a good protective thatch layer can mold up and the dry matter losses can penetrate deep within the bale.

Forming a Protective Thatch on Your Hay Bales

A thatch forms from oxidation of the exposed outer layer of grasses to sunlight and moisture on the outside of a bale. This layer can be a protective barrier from the elements, protecting the inner contents of the bale.

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Brush and tree control helps prevent pivot irrigator damage

One of the greatest potential economic losses from center pivot irrigation comes from trees collapsing or rolling the spans. When irrigation equipment is installed near field edges, tree lines are usually trimmed back so they do not interfere with the equipment. Tree limbs as small as two inches in diameter can cause a pivot tower to flip or tear off the pivot end boom if branches catch the span V bracing or end gun. Tree branches can also act like a chain anchored to the ground and cause the pivot span to roll causing the structure to collapse.

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Be smart about pasture renovation

Three things that could greatly improve the potential for “big returns” when renovating pastures are soil fertility, pasture management and reduced weed competition.


Drovers Radio: Managing cow herd forages

K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson talks about managing cow herd forages this fall and winter, in light of alfalfa quality issues created by untimely wet weather during this past growing season.

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Fall is time to plant annual legumes into dormant warm-season grasses

While the bermudagrass is away, the cool-season species will play. Many producers in the Arkansas and the southeastern U.S. have bermudagrass pastures that experience slow growth when night temperatures fall substantially, making it an ideal time to plant winter cover crops such as annual legumes.

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Review grain bin rules before harvest

The difference between a grain bin rescue and a recovery is seconds. Increased public awareness and new tools help save lives, says University of Missouri Extension health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch.

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Planning for drought in rain promotes future success

One of the most meaningful quotes from college came from Wayne Hamilton, a range management professor at Texas A&M University. He said, "The time to plan for a drought is when it's raining, and the time to plan for rain is during a drought."

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Have you fertilized your hay fields yet?

Yes, it may be considered adding insult to injury, but even that very mature, poor quality, lowly digestible, late made first cutting hay that was harvested this year took with it lots of soil nutrients. Fact is, each ton of hay that’s harvested and removed from a field in the harvest process takes with it roughly 13 pounds of P2O5 (phosphorus) and 50 pounds of K2O (potash). That’s regardless the calendar date or quality of the material that’s harvested.


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