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Progressive Forage Issue 1 2019

January 1

January is a good time to evaluate things like whether to grow a cover crop or let land remain fallow, and the economics of that decision. It’s a good time to review alfalfa and grass test results across your region and decide on which parts of production you can maximize or make more efficient. In our January issue, we’ve got you covered!

And don’t forget to read our popular columnists - Old Iron for tractor lovers, Irons in the Fire for ranch perspectives and humor, Tales of a Hay Hauler for ag perspectives and values, and Equipment Hub for all equipment gearheads. There’s something for everyone.

Progressive Forage Issue 2 2019

February 1

Spring planting is right around the corner, and we’ve got you covered. You’ll find tips on what to look for before you head to the co-op to shop for seed as well as a detailed look at an Oklahoma producer’s summer cover crop mix.

Also, for those with livestock, it might be a good time to plan for this year’s grazing season. Things might not always go according to plan, but having a plan in place can help you achieve your grazing goals and adapt to the unexpected.

Lastly, don’t forget to see how your Alfalfa Checkoff dollars are being spent in our latest research update.

Progressive Forage Issue 3 2019

March 1

This issue brings you help for pasture issues while you’re in the thick of winter and frozen mud. A grazing app and the economics of grazing cool-season annual forages are just some of the ideas discussed.

A Wisconsin dairy shares their experiences with homegrown forages, and tell why it’s worked for them. We also bring you technical help with understanding forage analysis, avoiding glyphosate injury in RR alfalfa, simplifying grain drill calibrations and taking a look at who's investing in farmland.

As always, you’ll find great mechanical help from our regular Equipment Hub column, and enjoy the insights of columnists Brad Nelson (Tales of a Hay Hauler), Paul Marchant (Irons in the Fire) and Lance Phillips (Old Iron).

Progressive Forage Issue 4 2019

April 1

Whether winter flooded your hay fields, froze them out, dried them out or set up a party invitation for pests, the experts in this issue help you deal with the issues. Anthracnose, aphanomyces, weevil and other yield robbers are discussed with helpful tips for averting losses this season.

Silage season planning experts also discuss evaluating corn silage hybrids on your farm. And don’t miss the annual forage stats poster to find out how your state stacked up in forage production.

Progressive Forage Issue 5 2019

May 1

This is the issue for all things hay. Whether you’re looking to cut costs on hay production (including the often-hidden depreciation costs), negotiating the price of hay still on the stump or how to make better small square bales, this issue is for you.

You’ll also find useful tips on putting together a watering system for grazing livestock to efficiently use your forage and distribute manure across pastures.

Progressive Forage Issue 6 2019

June 1

Rather than just watch the cattle graze, have you stopped to listen to the grass? It’s trying to tell you something. This issue helps producers understand pastures, manage stockpiled fescue, manage bahiagrass and add alfalfa to the pasture mix – even in the South.

And if you’ve ever wondered how to get into the export game, we’ll introduce you to some key contacts and help you get started. Two features also highlight producers who are innovating hay packaging to reach niche customers and increase their profits.

Progressive Forage Issue 7 2019

July 15

One shot – that’s all you get to put up good silage feed for the year. The milk and meat you produce depends on its quality: Make sure you do it right. This issue brings you the latest techniques for making the best quality silage possible.

It’s also the season for baling dry hay, and we’ll show you how one operation tracks and communicates mowing, raking, baling and all labor activity across a large operation (it’s pretty impressive …).

What’s your pasture challenge? Tree encroachment? Weed management? Nitrogen timing? With this issue, a team of experts discusses helpful tips to help you navigate pasture growth.

Progressive Forage Issue 8 2019

September 1

Market editor Dave Natzke explains what factors influence hay prices and what trend lines to watch. Other don’t-miss articles include Rebecca Kern’s article as she helps you use forage quality indexes to make hay production adjustments, and Dr. Iwaasa claims there might be a place in your grazing system for purple prairie clover. Discover other alternative forages like chicory and plantain, through Deidre Harmon’s expertise, and extension educator Matt Booher will help you put those pasture and hay weeds to rest. Lastly, see if you’re a “rural snob” as columnist Paul Marchant defines it.