December 21, 2017

Upcoming Events
MFA, WCO Symposium '18 Set for Feb. 19-21 at Wisconsin Dells
Aerial-Seeded Cover Crops Could Save Time, Labor
Taking a Stand Against Disease Helps Drive Alfalfa Growth
Demand Strengthens, Hay Prices Rise in Upper Midwest
Five-State Winter Workshops on Dairy-Quality Forages to be Held Jan. 8-12
Wisconsin Agronomy Update Meetings Set for Jan. 2-8
MFA Board Meeting is Feb. 19
Return Your MFA Ballots Before Jan. 12!
Take Advantage of MFA's "Members-Only" Research Database
"Hay," Mark Your Calendar
2017 Sponsors
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MFA, WCO Symposium '18 Set for Feb. 19-21 at Wisconsin Dells

New innovations in forage production, including harvesting equipment and technologies, will be one of many topics explored during the Feb. 19-21 Symposium '18, to be held at Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells.

This annual event, hosted by the Midwest Forage Association (MFA) and the Wisconsin Custom Harvesters (WCO), offers a multitude of educational opportunities as well as each organization's annual meetings under one roof. Click here for the complete article.

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Aerial-Seeded Cover Crops Could Save Time, Labor
Fae Holin, MFA Communication Specialist

Which cover crops will work well in Wisconsin’s short growing season after fall crop harvest? Farmers in the Yahara Watershed in Dane County, with University of Wisconsin-Extension, researched that question as well as cover crop planting rates and methods by growing on-farm plots from 2013 to 2016.

This year, they tried aerial broadcasting cover crop seed on a total of 1,000 acres of farmland using Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) cost-sharing funds. Heidi Johnson, the Dane County UW-Extension Crops and Soils Educator who helped coordinate the seeding, says using an airplane to seed cover crops can save on labor and get the deed done more quickly than if fields are drilled.

“Putting the cover crop into standing growth gives us a little extra time, and if labor is in shortage, the airplane takes that off the table. The pilot was able to do 1,000 acres in four hours,” Johnson says. ‘If you try to do all that acreage by drill, by the time you get to the last of the acreage, you’ve lost a week or two." Click here for the complete article.

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Taking a Stand Against Disease Helps Drive Alfalfa Growth

For alfalfa, structural integrity is key for the multiple cuttings that take place each season. It is not always easy to grow, maintain and manage high-quality alfalfa crops, but if you are able to stay on top of the three main drivers of alfalfa quality, you will be on the path to success. Click here for the complete article.

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Demand Strengthens, Hay Prices Rise in Upper Midwest
Fae Holin, MFA Communication Specialist

Hay prices increased slightly for higher-quality hay and demand has been strong in the Upper Midwest, according to the Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest for Dec. 11.

Prime alfalfa hay (greater than 151 RFV/RFQ) averaged $197/ton for large squares, $150/ton for large rounds, and $251/ton for small squares. Grade 1 hay (125-150 RFV/RFQ) averaged $149, $107, and $158/ton for large squares, large rounds, and small squares, respectively. Grade 2 alfalfa (103-124 RFV/RFQ) large squares averaged $131/ton; large rounds, $84/ton. Grade 3 (87-102 RFV/RFQ) large squares sold for $133/ton; large rounds, $101/ton. Click here for the complete article.

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Five-State Winter Workshops on Dairy-Quality Forages to be Held Jan. 8-12

The Jan. 8-12 Winter Workshop Series, offered by the I-29 Moo University collaboration, is entitled “From Field to Bunk: Growing and Feeding Dairy-Quality Forages.” Meetings will be held in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Dairy producers, students, stakeholders, and industry personnel are encouraged to attend the series. Participants will increase their understanding of forages and cover crops in dairy rations, learn how to incorporate cover crops and new forage genetic lines into dairy forage production systems, and improve dairy and labor management skills in the areas of feeding management and safety protocols.

Registration is $50/person ($25 for students) if completed by Dec. 29. Late registration is $65/person ($30 for students). Register through the iGrow Events page.

The workshops will be held:
Jan. 8: Baymont Inn & Suites, Mandan, ND;
Jan. 9: Codington County Extension Complex, Watertown, SD;
Jan. 10: Pipestone Veterinary Services, Pipestone, MN;
Jan. 11: Sioux County Extension Office, Orange City, IA;
Jan. 12: Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community College, Norfolk, NE.

For additional workshop information, contact Tracey Erickson at or 605.882.5140; Kimberly J. Clark at or 402.472.6065. Click here for the agenda.

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Wisconsin Agronomy Update Meetings Set for Jan. 2-8

University of Wisconsin 2018 Agronomy Update meetings will be held Jan. 2-8 in various locations within the state. The meetings offer farmer/seed dealers, consultants, seed company and industry representatives, and crop agents the latest information on hybrid and variety performance, an analysis of the previous year’s production season, and updated recommendations for field-crop production.

The meetings will be held:

Jan. 2: noon, Holiday Inn Express, Janesville;
Jan. 3: 7:30 a.m., Comfort Inn, De Forest; and noon, UW University Center, Fond du Lac;
Jan. 4: 7:30 a.m., Liberty Hall, Kimberly; and noon, Marathon County UWEX Office, Wausau;
Jan. 5: 7:30 a.m., Green Mill near Clarion Hotel Campus, Eau Claire; and noon, Jakes Northwinds, Sparta;
Jan. 8: noon, Belmont Inn & Suites, Belmont.

For more information, click here.

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MFA Board Meeting is Feb. 19

The Midwest Forage Association will be holding a meeting of its Board of Directors at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. The meeting will be held in the Sierra Vista Room of the Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI. If you have anything you would like the board to address, please call our office at 651.484.3888.

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Return Your MFA Ballots Before Jan. 12!

Make a special effort to return your MFA board member ballot form as soon as possible. The deadline for returning ballots is Jan. 12, 2018.

The election of MFA board members is an important aspect of MFA membership as these are the individuals who will be representing your interests on the board of directors for the next three years. Therefore, please take a moment to return your ballot today. Don't forget to renew your membership for 2018 as well!

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Take Advantage of MFA's "Members-Only" Research Database

As an MFA member, one of the most valuable resources at your disposal is MFA's "Members-Only" Research Database, a one-stop-shop for all of your forage research needs. MFA's Research Database features every Clippings and Forage Focus research article, as well as each MFRP final report. You can also change and personalize your password after signing in. Proceedings (and videos where appropriate) will also be archived a year after the meeting date. Your user name and password can be found on your MFA membership card or by contacting the MFA office at

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"Hay," Mark Your Calendar!

  • Sheboygan County Forage Council - All Things Corn Silage
    Jan. 19
    10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
    Chissy's, Waldo, WI

  • 2018 Minnesota Tour de Forage Meetings
    Jan. 30 – Southeast
    Jan. 31 – Central
    Feb. 1 – Northeast
    Details on program, exact locations, and registration to come in January.

  • Calumet County Forage Day
    Feb. 2
    10:30 a.m.
    Neighborhood Bar & Grill, Brant, WI

  • Waupaca County Forage Council Winter Meeting
    Feb. 8
    10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Bear Lake Resort, Manawa, WI

  • Manitowoc County Forage Council Annual Meeting and Forage Seminar
    Feb. 13
    Silver Valley Banquet Hall, Manitowoc, WI

  • Production Agriculture Symposium
    Feb. 15
    7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
    UMN Continuing Education & Conference Center, St. Paul, MN

  • Shawano County Forage Council Annual Meeting
    Feb. 15
    10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
    The Main Event, Cecil, WI

  • Wisconsin Dells Symposium
    Feb. 19-21, 2018
    Chula Vista, Wisconsin Dells, WI

    The Symposium is moving to February!
    Exhibitor and registration information will be available soon.

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2017 Sponsors
Charter Sponsors appear bolded
Gold Level - $5,000
CROPLAN By Winfield United
Forage Genetics International
Kemin Industries
Promote, Cargill's additives brand
S&W Seed Company
Silver Level - $2,500

Alforex Seeds
Dairyland Seed Co.
DuPont Pioneer
La Crosse Seed
Mycogen Seeds
W-L Research  

Bronze Level - $1,500
Eisentraut Ag Services - ROC
Harvest Tec
Allied Level - $500
Agassiz Seed & Supply
Albert Lea Seed House
Bag Man - Secure Covers
Barenbrug USA
Byron Seeds
CLAAS of America
Country Visions Cooperative
CP Feeds
Dairyland Laboratories
Hay & Forage Grower
Innovative Forage Solutions
Investors Community Bank
John Deere
Krone NA
Kuhn North America
Legacy Seeds
Meyer Manufacturing
Mountain View Seeds
New Holland
Riesterer & Schnell
Rock River Laboratory
Stearns DHIA Laboratories
Sunova WorX
Taunton & Meyer CPA
V&H Trucks
Vanderloop Equipment
Vincent, Urban, Walker & Associates, Inc.
Vita Plus
Midwest Forage Association - 4630 Churchill St #1 - St. Paul, MN 55126
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