December 20, 2018

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Safety, Forage Innovations & Management Explored at Feb. 18-20 Symposium
Expanded Forage Use One of Many Topics Studied at Jan. 29-31 Tour de Forage Meetings
Moldy Silage Corn? It May - Or May Not - Also Have Mycotoxins
Plant Health Paves Path to Success for Alfalfa
Hay Market Steady But Slipping Slightly in Upper Midwest
Fall-Grazed Teff May Help Hefty, Unhealthy Horses, Research Shows
Take Advantage of MFA's "Members-Only" Research Database
"Hay," Mark Your Calendar
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Safety, Forage Innovations & Management Explored at Feb. 18-20 Symposium

Silage and manure safety take a front seat at the Feb. 18-20 Symposium 2019, hosted by the Midwest Forage Association, Wisconsin Custom Operators, and Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin.

More than 25 educational sessions, on forage industry innovations and new harvesting equipment, bill collections, forage research, nutrient management regulations, and more will be presented at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The Symposium starts with a half-day manure applicator training offered by University of Wisconsin Extension; a tradeshow is also an integral part of the event. Click here for the complete article.

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Expanded Forage Use One of Many Topics Studied at Jan. 29-31 Tour de Forage Meetings

The 2019 Tour de Forage Winter Meetings, set for Jan. 29-31, will offer new thoughts on expanded forage use, how tedding will impact alfalfa quality, feeding BMR and HarvXtra together, and more. Kris Ringwall, director of the Dickinson Research Extension Center, will be the keynote speaker at all three forage council meetings, sponsored by the Midwest Forage Association (MFA) and University of Minnesota Extension.

Other topics, which will vary by location, include a look at the economics of cow size, cover crop use, comparisons and economics of various bale wrapping methods, and MFA and National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance updates.

The Jan. 29 Southeast Minnestoa Forage Council Winter Meeting will be held at the Eagles Club in Rochester. The Jan. 30 Central Minnesota Forage Council Winter Meeting will be held at the American Legion, Royalton. The Northeast Minnesota Forage & Grassland Council Winter Meeting is set for Jan. 31 at the Event Center, Floodwood. For registration and agenda information, click here.

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Moldy Silage Corn? It May – Or May Not – Also Have Mycotoxins
Fae Holin, MFA Communication Specialist

“We do have molds in our corn crop this year, and there are mycotoxins in our corn silage and our corn byproducts. But remember that not all molds produce mycotoxins,” points out Tina Kohlman, University of Wisconsin Extension dairy and livestock agent for Fond du Lac County.

“We definitely don’t want to raise alarm too quickly, that if farmers see mold they will have mycotoxins. If they have mold, there might be a risk for mycotoxins, and they should work with their nutritionists to head them off,” she stresses.

Mycotoxins are “the invisible thief,” Kohlman says. “You may have pockets of mycotoxins in your feed, so trying to get a representation of that feed sample to show whether you do have a mycotoxin issue or not, is very difficult.” Click here for the complete article.

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Plant Health Paves Path to Success for Alfalfa

For alfalfa, structural integrity is key for the multiple cuttings taken each season. Growing and maintaining high-quality alfalfa is no easy feat, but prioritizing the health of your plants can put you on the path to success in 2019.

Promoting the health of your plants means managing biotic stressors like disease as well as abiotic, or environmental, stressors. Doing so optimizes the growth efficiency and production of your plants, helping you see stronger yields at cutting. Click here for the complete article.

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Hay Market Steady But Slipping Slightly
in Upper Midwest

Fae Holin, MFA Communication Specialist

December brought a steady hay market but, as supply became more available across the Upper Midwest, some weakness as well, according to the Dec. 10 Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest.

Alfalfa large squares averaged $204/ton; large rounds, $158/ton; and small squares, $247/ton sold at prime (greater than 151 RFV/RFQ) quality across the Upper Midwest, according to the University Wisconsin-Extension market report. Grade 1 (125-150 RFV/RFQ) hay was $163/ton for large squares, $142/ton for large rounds, and $198/ton for small squares. Grade 2 (103-124 RFV/RFQ) alfalfa large squares averaged $130/ton; large rounds, $116/ton. Grade 3 (87-102 RFV/RFQ) large squares sold for $99/ton; large rounds, $102/ton. Click here for the complete article.

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Fall-Grazed Teff May Help Hefty, Unhealthy Horses, Research Shows

Overweight horses, those with insulin resistance or with a history of laminitis or tying up could benefit from grazing teff in fall, according to new university forage research. Fall-grazed teff, a warm-season annual grass, may lower glucose and insulin values in horses when compared to the effects of grazed cool-season grasses, researchers say.

“The goal of our research was to explore the nutrient values of the forages, including NSC (non-structural carbohydrates) and fiber, and their effects on horses,” cites the study report by Michelle DeBoer, University of Wisconsin-River Falls; Marcia Hathaway, Craig Sheaffer, Kerry Kuhle, Krishona Martinson, University of Minnesota; and Patty Weber, Michigan State University. Click here for the complete article.

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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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