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Forage Production

Whether you graze, chop, ensile, bag or bale forage, we offer practical information for your hay, silage and pasture needs.

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There are myriad reasons to send a sample of irrigation water to the lab. From maximizing fertilizer efficiency to mitigating nutrient runoff, the case for testing is strong.

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Before or after crop harvest, or between alfalfa cuttings, it is critical to ensure the crop has the appropriate nutrients replenished for maximum yield.

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Pocket gophers are often the most damaging vertebrate pests in alfalfa. The amount and form of damage they cause can be quite varied but includes a loss in vigor and/or mortality of plants, damage to subsurface drip lines and loss of irrigation water down burrow systems.

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The alfalfa weevil (Hypera postica) has developed resistance to the most common, effective and affordable insecticides used to control its damage (pyrethroids), complicating and threatening current management (Figure 1).

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University researchers are testing methods for controlling herbicide-resistant weeds at harvest.

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The drought conditions affecting some forage-producing areas of the country have seen an uptick in blister beetle activity. Blister beetles are rarely problematic in the Upper Midwest, but drought conditions increase the concern for blister beetle-infested alfalfa.

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