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Forage dealers in California are a little upset. They don’t understand why, in some cases, a wide margin exists on hay test results between testing labs.

It’s an issue that has hit dealers where it hurts most: their pocketbooks.

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Alfalfa is the most important forage legume in the U.S. Grown over a wide range of soil and climatic conditions, it has the highest yield potential and feeding value of all perennial forage legumes.

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Popular press and other media outlets are saturated with simple and very complex strategies on how to price a product or service. Yet they all start with four basic concepts:

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Livestock producers concerned about the availability of hay and haylage this year need to scout and potentially treat alfalfa fields for potato leafhoppers.

Potato leafhoppers damage alfalfa plants by piercing the leaf surface with its stylet and sucking out plant juices. As it probes, potato leafhoppers injects a salivary toxin that affects plant cells and disrupts vascular tissue.

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Bale weight and nutrient content are critical factors in determining the value of a given bale of hay.

Bale weight affects not only the amount of hay being bought or sold but also the cost of feeding and transporting it.

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Salinity is a growing problem on farmland in many parts of the western U.S., ranging from the Dakotas to the arid Southwest.

The increase in salinity in these regions is adversely affecting crop productivity and in some cases making portions of fields unprofitable or unfarmable.

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