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Find production tips on specialty or non-traditional forages – from cover crops to corn stover, and sorghums to small grains or brassicas.

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The cost of nitrogen (N) fertilizer has vacillated in recent years, but because production is linked to energy costs, the trend has mostly been upward.

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Alfalfa is the most widely grown perennial forage species in the U.S., with the greatest acreage in the Upper Midwest and Western states. But alfalfa acreage has been declining steadily for the past 50 years, while the acreage of soybeans and, more recently, corn, has been increasing.

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 More than just a few years ago a sugar factory was built at Moses Lake, Washington.

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Blade Energy Crops
New switchgrass and sorghum seed varieties from Blade Energy Crops have been selected for use in the production of advanced biofuels and biopower. Switchgrass: For 2010 plantings, Blade has expanded its switchgrass lineup, which now includes three improved varieties – EG 1101, EG 1102 and EG 2101.

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The majority of the hay harvested as dry hay or haylage in many areas of the U.S. is some variety of grass.

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Value added, or the process of increasing the economic value and consumer appeal of a product, has been utilized for many years in agriculture. Forage analysis is one example of “value” that has been “added” to hay, haylage or other forages.

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