Consider a fall pasture weed inventory

Fall is a good time to assess your range and pasture condition as we go into the winter season. This is especially important when it comes to your weed management strategies. Identifying the weeds of concern can take place in the fall and control plans for the next growing season can be determined. A good weed inventory in the fall will tell ranchers what the predominant weed species are in the pasture. FULL STORY »

Got manure? What's it worth?

Do you wish you had more manure? Do you have too much manure? Got a plan for your manure? Is spreading manure a necessary chore, or is it an opportunity to enhance your bottom line? FULL STORY »

Don't stop: Add CRB (continuous round baler) to your vocabulary

We suggested there was a continuous round baler (CRB) coming to market to our custom round baler on Friday. “That’s impossible!” he exclaimed. FULL STORY »

Balancing Rations: The economics of hay quality

The reason we put up hay is to feed livestock. When we feed animals we are not just feeding "feed." We are supplying nutrients needed for the animal to grow, renew body components, form products such as milk and wool, and furnish energy for all of the processes involved. FULL STORY »

Technology makes sidedressing crops with manure easier

The late, wet spring that occurred across Central Michigan forced many farmers to reprioritize their normal spring schedule and condense field activities into as few days as possible. FULL STORY »

Fall seeding alfalfa

For the most part late summer seeding can be an excellent time to establish alfalfa which will lead to productive stands the next growing season. The decision of whether to proceed with a late summer alfalfa seeding depends on the need for good quality forage the next spring, temperature, and available soil moisture. FULL STORY »

Fall forage conditions and cattle production

The bulk of summer is past and forage conditions are improved for cattle production in many parts of the country. FULL STORY »

Manure management is important for all farm sizes

What is considered a small farm? A 3,000 head beef feedlot? A 30,000 head free-range turkey operation? A dairy with 50 head? Or maybe a stable with 10 horses? There really is no right answer to this question. FULL STORY »

Minimizing storage losses in hay

Each harvest season brings concerns regarding storage options for hay. Indeed, producers need to find ways to prevent shrink losses in their bunkers and storage systems. Hay storage losses are around 5% when it is harvested at 15% moisture and stored under dry conditions. FULL STORY »

John Deere’s 2014 product launch heavy in hay equipment

More than tractors off the assembly lines at John Deere these days. FULL STORY »

More grass, same acres?

Is it possible to increase the amount of grass produced in the same pasture? The answer is "maybe". Your semi-arid rangeland may have room to improve. But where do you start? A recent webinar by Pat Reece "Herbage Production Potential" outlines principles to understand. FULL STORY »

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