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November 15, 2014


In This Issue

  • Can you afford to own hay equipment?
  • Fitting annual forages into a crop rotation
  • Grazing for soil health
  • What lower-lignin alfalfa means to growers


  • Hay is an important part of beef cattle nutrition in most operations. Good-quality hay is high in energy and, depending upon plant composition and amount of fertilization, it can be high in protein. It is used to replace depleted nutrients in standing forages during winter months and periods of prolonged drought.

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  • Silage makes an excellent feed for ruminant animals. However, feeding silage is much different than feeding hay. Silage, because it is much wetter than hay, is much more susceptible to deterioration.

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  • As I visit with hay producers and buyers, I hear comments about “collecting two samples from the same lot of hay, sending them to two labs and getting results that are not identical.” This is generally followed by something to the effect that “one of the labs must be wrong.”

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