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Progressive Forage Issue 2 2020

February 1

This issue is beef focused and includes highlights of what you need to know about timing forages to finish cattle using resources available in the soil. We’ll cover how to evaluate your pastures to renovate, and how to maximize average daily gain and pregnancy rates on pasture. On the business side, review what an ag legacy is to make sure yours is in great shape. See if going into production without debt is right for you.

Progressive Forage Issue 4 2020

April 1

The April issue of Progressive Forage focuses on forage production and storage. See how a biofertilizer improved performance in a forage grass stand. Also included is pest and disease control. Learn five steps for successful pest management, and get some tips for keeping pests and diseases out of your silage corn. Lastly, balance supply and demand with your stocking rate.

Progressive Forage Issue 5 2020

May 1

Focusing on irrigation in this issue, we show you how one producer converted his pivots to solar power, and augment that with reining in center pivot hazards and irrigation strategies. With a second focus on equipment, this issue brings you discussions on equipment efficiency versus capacity and equipment sizing decisions. Also on producers' minds are concerns with sidedressing manure on corn, soybean silage and haylage, and the experts tackle these tough topics. Whether it's choosing a high-quality forage lab or measuring pasture content and capacity, we've got you covered.

Progressive Forage Issue 7 2020

July 15

Milk per ton versus milk per acre – do you know the difference? An article in this issue helps you understand the difference. At some point, forage yield is no longer as important as timing harvest at the correction moisture to capitalize on production.

Avoid the common abuses of forage quality testing. Glenn Shewmaker describes the most common abuses that include failure to expect some variation, misinterpreting the calculated values, and more. And don’t think that because you plant alfalfa you’ll be able to fertilize less. It might be true with nitrogen, but an article by Chad Hale says by the time you see the classic symptoms of potassium or phosphorous deficiency, your yield will already have taken a hit.

Weed control and wildlife are not mutually exclusive, and not all herbicides are threats to wildlife. Matt Booher says knowing which ones are toxic to wildlife can help manage weeds but still keep wildlife around.

From Kansas to Ohio, five custom operators and growers share with ag equipment engineers their pinch points, and Huffman Farms in Texas, and Parker Forage in Minnesota share their experiences from the perspective of two different custom operator setups.

Get the latest updates in forage trends in this issue of Progressive Forage.

Progressive Forage Issue 9 2020

October 1

As balers and mowers are put away for the winter, our focus turns to those longer-term problems, like crop rotations, fitting in annual forages, and alternative forages to boost soil health and control weeds and pests. We’ll give you a look at possibilities, like clover silage, and checking sulfur in alfalfa to prevent limiting yields.

Dennis Hancock, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center Director, shares his insights into challenges facing the industry and the research behind it. Editor Dave Natzke offers the most comprehensive forage report in North America, with his finger on the pulse of hay movement.

And finally, a drone that can do more than take great photos – see how drones can help assess your silage inventory.

Industry news, Irons in the Fire columnist Paul Marchant, and more in this issue of Progressive Forage.

Progressive Forage Issue 10 2020

November 1

The November issue of Progressive Forage focuses on forage production. Take a look in hindsight on the 2020 harvest, and learn how much it costs you to produce a ton of hay. Also included is crop selection. Find out what lies ahead for hemp. Lastly, get some pointers on preventing rodent damage to equipment.

Progressive Forage Issue 11 2020

December 1

Everybody’s doing it - looking for ways to diversify amid continuing market uncertainty. In this issue, Western Forage Resource manager Chad Hale discusses critical decision points and bottlenecks as you explore those opportunities. And faced with winter grazing, there may be more nutrition in those stockpiled forages than you know. Caitlin Hebbert from the Noble Research Institute shares insights on forage quality after frost.

Let cover crop calculators do the work for you. From carbon-to-nitrogen ratios to termination costs, several apps and calculators take the confusion out of selecting a cover crop mix to fit your needs. Freelancer Martha Hoffman Kerestes talks with producers and companies to find these resources. Also, Utah State Extension Specialist Matt Yost talks about the nitrogen credits for small-grain forages after alfalfa and how to maximize them.

The most comprehensive hay report in the industry is waiting for you in this month’s issue.