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Hay, silage and pasture is your business, and it's our focus. Take your operation to the next level with the help of our comprehensive and practical information, education and technology about various forage types.

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The allocation of financial resources relative to expected financial return is crucial to farm profitability. As graziers evaluate opportunities, they need to evaluate expected returns, too.

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Weeds are one of the biggest problems in tall fescue pastures and hayfields. Buttercup, musk thistle, buckhorn plantain and horsenettle are just a few of the weeds that can move quickly into fields and cause production losses. There are several things that can be done to minimize the problems.

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The following article was written by William Curran and Dwight Ligenfelter, Penn State Weed Science. View the article, as well as additional information, from the March 9 edition of Penn State Field Crop News

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Another alfalfa weevil scouting article was recently released by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (Click here to see tips from the University of Illinois.)

Extension specialists explain the life cycle of the alfalfa weevil consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult beetle or weevil. The first indications of weevil injury are small holes eaten in leaves at the growing tip during April and May. This injury becomes more apparent as weevil larvae grow.

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Although corn planting is a priority this time of year, don't forget about keeping an eye out for alfalfa weevils. 

"Scouting is important to determine whether or not economic infestations are present and to determine if rescue treatments or an early harvest are warranted," said Mike Gray, University of Illinois Extension entomologist.

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Limiting the potential economic damage from alfalfa diseases to a production field are normally accomplished by a combination of two factors: genetics and cultural practices.

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