Get Bottom-Line, Production Advice During Feb. 16-17 Online Symposium 2021
Fae Holin, Communication Specialist, MFA
Keeping farm production costs to a minimum is essential these days. All the more reason farmers should take advantage of Symposium 2021 talks, presented virtually Feb. 16-17, and hosted by the Midwest Forage Association, Wisconsin Custom Operators, Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin, and University of Wisconsin Extension.
“It has been tough the last couple of years being able to meet the cost of production and keep production costs down,” says Carrie Laboski, University of Wisconsin Extension Soil Scientist, one of the Symposium’s Feb. 16 presenters. She will remind farmers to utilize manure as a nutrient source for alfalfa.
“There is a fair bit of potassium, especially in dairy manure, and that’s a nutrient we commonly need in Wisconsin,” Laboski says. Farmers sometimes hesitate to spend money on potash, but they may be able to meet some or most of their alfalfa crop’s nutrient needs with manure, she adds. Manure also provides sulfur, another nutrient alfalfa can be deficient in, as well as nitrogen, which helps promote grass growth. Click
here for the complete article.
Plan Now to Meet Alfalfa Production Goals
Randy Welch, National Alfalfa Agronomist, Croplan By Winfield United
Late-summer and fall management decisions – including weed control, herbicide programs, and seed selection – can affect your alfalfa production next year. Take advantage of this postharvest time period to carefully consider your yield and management goals for next season. Click
here for the complete article.
Website Connects Graziers With Landowners Across Six States
The new Midwest Grazing Exchange website can now be utilized to connect livestock farmers with landowners over a six-state region.
The website – midwestgrazingexchange.com – was created by the Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group – a network of Upper Midwestern grazing educators including Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) and the Pasture Project. It provides a free service matching graziers and landowners who live in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Graziers can search for forage to graze and landowners can search for livestock to graze their land, according to a recent press release.
The website lets users:
search listings, including through an interactive map with filters for criteria like season, land or livestock type.
create listings of what land or livestock they have to offer
create a free account to save listings of interest, add new listings, see contact details, and message other users
browse a curated list of grazing resources, including examples of grazing lease agreements and contracts
explore the benefits regenerative grazing for both landowners and livestock owners.
Grazing specialists and organizations are also offeried grazing support for each state participating in the exchange.
"Integrating livestock on the landscape is a win-win-win for soil, animals, and profitability,” says Meghan Filbert, livestock program manager at PFI who helped lead development of the new website. “The Midwest Grazing Exchange is unique because it serves multiple states in the Upper Midwest and expands beyond cover crop grazing. All grazing scenarios, including woodland and urban grazing, are represented. We want to unlock the plethora of benefits that come with well-managed grazing and created a space to do so.”
Prime hay (greater than 151 RFV/RFQ) averaged $200/ton for large squares, $146/ton for large rounds and $249/ton for small squares in the Upper Midwest, reports Richard Halopka, the University of Wisconsin-Extension Clark County Crops & Soils Educator who compiles the twice-a-month report. Grade 1 (125-150 RFV/RFQ) large squares sold for $149/ton, large rounds, $131/ton, and small squares, $204/ton. Grade 2 (103-124 RFV/RFQ) large squares averaged $121/ton; large rounds, $101/ton. Grade 3 (87-102 RFV/RFQ) large squares averaged $88/ton; large rounds, $79/ton. Click
here for the complete article.
Solid forage information is being distributed through University of Nebraska Extension’s Pasture and Forage Minute podcast. In December, subjects ranged from discussing winter hay access to the importance in removing bale net wrap and twine before feeding, to pasture fertility, and alfalfa as a supplemental protein. Get the latest information here.
If you’re considering seeding grass with alfalfa, first soil test to ensure potassium levels are medium to high, warns Ev Thomas, former Minor Research Institute farm manager. He offers tips and tricks on alfalfa-grass mixes in the Dec. 15 Hay & Forage Grower article, “Revisiting alfalfa-grass mixtures.”
A USDA-sponsored soil health demonstration project in northern Iowa
interseeded cover crops (seed mixes including ryegrass, buckwheat, brassicas, and cow peas) into corn at the V4-V7 corn growth stage. The cover crops were allowed to take root before corn canopied, according to the Aberdeen News article, “Early interseeded cover crops could solve fall establishment issues,” published Dec. 16. For research results, click here.
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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
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