November 21, 2018

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Farmers, Ag Industry: Take Time to Reassess, Think Outside Box
What Caused the Molds and Mycotoxins in My Forages?
Looking for Alfalfa Seed? Check NAFA's Variety Leaflet First
Upper Midwestern Hay Demand Increases
Keep Monitoring Hay Bales to Prevent Fires
Take Advantage of MFA's "Members-Only" Research Database
"Hay," Mark Your Calendar
2018 Sponsors
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Farmers, Ag Industry: Take Time to Reassess, Think Outside Box
Fae Holin, MFA Communication Specialist

Upper Midwestern farmers have had a “tough summer” struggling to put up quality hay in challenging weather, feeling the effects of milk overproduction as well as crop- and milk-price fluctuations, and stressing over finding decent help, says Mark Hagedorn, University of Wisconsin Extension Agriculture Educator for Eau Claire County.

The ag industry, as a whole, is being challenged in much the same way – dealing with uncertain global markets, overproduction, lower prices, and having a heck of a time hiring qualified employees, he suggests.

There aren’t any easy answers, he says, “but we can certainly come up with half a dozen questions to mull on as we’re heading into the new season and how we approach our business structures.” Click here for the complete article.

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What Caused the Molds and Mycotoxins in My Forages?
Larry Roth, Ph.D., PAS, Cargill Animal Nutrition

Imagine the scene: Your nutritionist hands you assays of your forages that indicate they have high levels of molds and mycotoxins. “Where did these evil organisms come from?” you ask. Being aware of the many factors at play when forages are affected by molds and mycotoxins is not only helpful but just plain smart.

A mycotoxin is a secondary metabolite produced by mold. One mold species may produce many different mycotoxins, and several mold species may produce the same mycotoxin. High mold levels do not necessarily mean mycotoxin levels will be high. Different micro-environmental conditions can trigger production of varying levels of various mycotoxins by a given mold species. The exact environmental triggers for particular mycotoxins and levels are not precisely clear, but understanding and managing the factors contributing to mold growth can lessen mycotoxin presence in forages. Click here for the complete article.

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Looking for Alfalfa Seed? Check NAFA's Variety Leaflet First

The 2019 “Alfalfa Variety Ratings - Winter Survival, Fall Dormancy & Pest Resistant Ratings for Alfalfa Varieties” is now available for use by hay and dairy farmers, extension specialists, agri-business personnel or anyone involved in the production of alfalfa.

The publication, from the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA), provides an extensive listing of alfalfa varieties and their ratings for fall dormancy, winter survival, bacterial wilt, aphanomyces, leafhopper, and other pests.

Click here for the complete article.

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Upper Midwestern Hay Demand Increases
Fae Holin, MFA Communication Specialist

An increased demand for hay – perhaps spurred by colder weather in areas of the Upper Midwest – characterized the market last week, according to USDA market reports and the Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest. High-quality hay is still in short supply, auctioneers point out.

Average hay prices, according to the Upper Midwestern price report, were $204/ton for large squares, $168/ton for large rounds, and $272/ton for small squares at prime quality (greater than 151 RFV/RFQ). Grade 1 (125-150 RFV/RFQ) hay averaged $178/ton for large squares, $162/ton for large rounds, and $193/ton for small squares. Grade 2 (103-124 RFV/RFQ) hay sold, on average, for $136/ton for large squares and $124/ton for large rounds. Grade 3 (87-102 RFV/RFQ) hay averaged $140/ton and $102/ton for large squares and large rounds, respectively. Click here for the complete article.

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Keep Monitoring Hay Bales to Prevent Fires

Most hay fires related to moisture levels happen in the first six weeks after baling. But university safety and forage specialists advise farmers to regularly monitor bale internal temperatures.

To brush up on what you should do if you see hay smoldering, or find bale temperatures are 150 degrees F or higher, check through the article, "Preventing Fires in Baled Hay and Straw." It compiles a whole host of information from various Extension workers from across the U.S. Click here.

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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 mfa@midwestforage.org.

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"Hay," Mark Your Calendar!

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