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An interview with Glenn Shewmaker, Forage Extension Specialist, University of Idaho

Q. What is your background in forages?

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What crops gain the most with alfalfa rotations?
“We are primarily in dry-land country, so we use alfalfa in rotation with our wheat acres. It has been great as a soil-builder in addition to providing cheap nitrogen.

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Gary Vermeer, founder and chairman emeritus of Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa, died February 2 at the Comfort House of Pella. He was 90 years old.

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An interview with Dr. Garry Lacefield, Extension Forage Specialist, University of Kentucky

Q. How did you get started in the forage industry?

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What was the best and worst part of operating in 2008?

“The best part for me was the weather. We didn’t have any rained- on hay, and the timing was good for all cuttings. Not too much went wrong with the year.

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Editor’s note: The following is the first in a series of interviews conducted with industry-leading professionals and educators.

Progressive Forage Grower posed the following forward-thinking questions to individuals whose work plays a key role in moving forage production forward over the next several years. Dr. Neal Martin is the director of the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center

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