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