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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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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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It's time to assess your alfalfa stands. View this video from Dan Undersander, a forage agronomist from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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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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It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution to better utilize your pasture acreage to increase production and profit. Pasture management consists of managing animals, plants and soil, and their interrelationship.

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020410_oswald_grazingManaged grazing has long been celebrated for improved forage quality and quantity.

 

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