December 20, 2019

Upcoming Events
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Symposium 2020 Topics: Forages, Finances, Harvesting, Business Tips
SDSU Demos Show Value in Storing Forage Inside, Under Tarps
Evaluate Alfalfa Stands, Agronomic Issues for Future Success
High-Quality Hay Prices Steady to Strong, But Supply Is Limited
In the News: Supplement Low-Quality Hay, Expect Higher Hay Acres, Equipment Acquisition, Legislation for SD Hay Haulers
Use Amazon Smile and It'll Donate to MFA
Take Advantage of MFA's "Members-Only" Research Database
"Hay," Mark Your Calendar
2019 Sponsors
Contact Us
MFA Website
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Symposium 2020 Topics: Forages, Finances, Harvesting, Business Tips

Register now for the Feb. 17-19 Symposium 2020, hosted by the Midwest Forage Association (MFA), Wisconsin Custom Operators (WCO) and the Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin (PNAAW). It will be held at Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells.

The Symposium will examine a wealth of topics, including forage management and feeding practices, farm financial management for forage producers, a new crop potentially offering custom harvesters new market opportunities, and nutrient management regulation updates. It will also include a talk by the new director of the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center. An Exhibit Hall will allow farmers to confer with company representatives and research new equipment and product lines between educational sessions and during breaks. The Feb. 18 dinner will provide “dueling piano” entertainment, and the evening will conclude with live and “funny money” auctions.

For the complete story, click here. To register now, click on the flyer below.

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SDSU Demos Show Value in Storing Forage Inside, Under Tarps
Sara Bauder, Tracey Erickson, South Dakota State University-Extension; Dr. Kevin Shinners, University of Wisconsin

A South Dakota State University (SDSU) Forage Field Day last summer dramatically showed farmers how bale stacking and storage can affect forage quality and moisture content. As a part of the field day, held Aug. 7 at the Southeast Research Farm near Beresford, farmers could compare the condition of bales stacked in various ways outside with bales stored within a building. A presentation on bale stacking and storage was made by Dr. Kevin Shinners, University of Wisconsin Agricultural Engineer. He, along with Sara Bauder and Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Field Specialists, also provided a hands-on bale-stacking demo.

Their presentations took forethought and preparation. On Feb. 1, 2019, a load of 44 net-wrapped hay round bales that weighed an average of 1,479 lbs was delivered to the research farm. Each bale was weighed and stacked outdoors on a slightly sloped, well-drained area. Click here for the complete article.

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Evaluate Alfalfa Stands, Agronomic Issues for Future Success
Randy Hagen, Bayer Knowledge Transfer Agronomic Manager and Technical Training Lead

How do you make decisions for a successful alfalfa crop when conditions may have affected the potential outcome?

The first step is assessing this past year and the environmental conditions to determine your crops’ success for next year. If this past year was too wet and your existing alfalfa stands or newly seeded alfalfa fields were affected, they potentially could have issues again this next season. Alfalfa stands can be damaged by cold winters and spring frosts during the reestablishment of fall-seeded alfalfa and normal spring regrowth if the plants have not built up enough carbohydrates in their root systems. Click here for the complete article.

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High-Quality Hay Prices Steady to Strong, But Supply Is Limited
Fae Holin, MFA Communication Specialist

A steady-to-strong price trend in the Upper Midwest continues for high-quality hay, which is in limited supply, according to the Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest, published Dec. 9. “Lower-quality discounts are greater than in past depending on condition and moisture of hay,” writes Richard Halopka, the Clark County Extension Crops and Soils Agent who complies the bi-monthly report.

Large squares of prime alfalfa hay (greater than 151 RFV/RFQ) averaged $243/ton; large rounds, $175/ton; and small squares, $254/ton, according to the Upper Midwest Hay Price Summary as part of Halopka’s report. Grade 1 (125-150 RFV/RFQ) large squares sold for $195/ton; large rounds, $155/ton; and small squares, $192/ton. Grade 2 (103-124 RFV/RFQ) large squares averaged $156/ton; large rounds, $143/ton. Grade 3 (87-102 RFV/RFQ) large squares averaged $118/ton; large rounds, $95/ton. Click here for the complete article.

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In the News: Supplement Low-Quality Hay, Expect Higher Hay Acres, Equipment Acquisition, Legislation for SD Hay Haulers

Supplementing beef-cow diets containing low-quality forages will likely be necessary this winter to keep spring-calving cows from becoming nutritionally deficient, according to Janna Block, North Dakota State University Extension Livestock Specialist in the Drover’s article, “Tips For Feeding Low-Quality Forage.”

Expected hay shortfalls going into 2020 in the Midwest will likely lead to an increase in hay acres grown in the region, according to Greg Bussler, deputy director at USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, in the Dairy Herd Management article, “Hay Acres on the Rise and Fall?”

RCI Engineering is acquiring the Ag-Bag product line from CNH Industrial America and marketing it as “Ag-Bag by RCI,” cites a press release titled, “RCI Announces Acquisition of Ag-Bag.” Ag-Bag, based in St. Nazianz, WI, is a global leader in ag-bagging of forages and other agricultural commodities.

South Dakota Farmers Union District 1 is pushing for legislation calling for an increase in permitted height of hay loads hauled within the state. Current height cannot exceed 14’, keeping farmers from hauling full loads and costing them money. Other states allow heights of 15-15.5’, according to the KSFY report, “South Dakota farmers unhappy with the current legal height for trucks hauling hay.”

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Use Amazon Smile and It'll Donate to MFA

Are you buying via Amazon? Consider making use of its AmazonSmile link that allows Amazon to donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Midwest Forage Asssociation. Just use our unique link; you'll go to smile.amazon.com and be asked if you want to support Midwest Forage Association. That link is https://smile.amazon.com/ch/41-1297372.

The donations come from the Amazon Smile Foundation, and you can make your purchases just as you have been through amazon.com. The site will even keep track of how much of a donation is being made through your purchases! For more information, 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!!

  • Calumet County Forage Council Annual Meeting
    February 1, 2020
    10 a.m.
    Neighborhood Bar & Grill, Chilton, WI

  • Waupaca County Forage Council Winter Meeting
    February 13, 2020
    10 a.m.
    Bear Lake Resort, Manawa, WI

  • Wisconsin Dells Symposium
    February 17-19, 2020
    Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI
    Register here; view agenda here.

  • Outagamie Forage Council Annual Meeting
    February 20, 2020
    9:30 a.m.
    Jackson Point Sports Grill & Banquet, Seymour, WI

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2019 Sponsors
 
Gold Level - $5,000
Alfalfa Partners - a brand of S&W Co.
BASF
CROPLAN By Winfield United
DEKALB
Forage Genetics International
Kemin Industries
Silver Level - $2,500

Alforex Seeds
Dairyland Seed Co.
La Crosse Seed
MacDon
Pioneer

Bronze Level - $1,500
Ag-Bag
Eisentraut Ag Services - ROC
Harvest Tec
Lallemand Animal Nutrition
Promote, Cargill's additives brand
Protexia
Allied Level - $500
Agassiz Seed & Supply
Albert Lea Seed House
Alltech
Barenbrug USA
Byron Seeds
CLAAS of America
Country Visions Cooperative
CP Feeds
Dairyland Laboratories
Delmhorst Instrument
Gruett's
Hay & Forage Grower
Innovative Forage Solutions
Investors Community Bank
John Deere
Jordan Ag Supply
Krone NA
Kuhn North America
Landoll
Legacy Seeds
Meyer Manufacturing
Mountain View Seeds
New Holland
Poettinger US
Riesterer & Schnell
Rock River Laboratory
SEMA Equipment
Stearns DHIA Laboratories
Taunton & Meyer CPA
Vanderloop Equipment
Vermeer
Vincent, Urban, Walker & Associates, Inc.
Vita Plus
Midwest Forage Association - 4630 Churchill St #1 - St. Paul, MN 55126
651-484-3888 - mfa@midwestforage.org - www.midwestforage.org
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