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Custom harvesters are making their way to the Southern Plains, preparing for a busy winter wheat harvest.

Once again, these harvesters are facing a unique regulatory burden. Without a Hazardous Material endorsement on a Class A Commercial Drivers License, operators can only haul 119 gallons of fuel.

The U.S. Custom Harvesters Association (USCHI) is seeking a legislative fix to this regulatory burden.

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2012 Southeastern Hay Contest rules and entry form now available

Think you produce some of the best forage quality in the Southeast? Prove it! Enter your hay or baleage into the 2012 Southeastern Hay Contest and compete with other Southeastern producers for the title of Best in Class.

For more information and contest entry forms, click here.

Georgia Forages Photo Contest
Dennis Hancock, forage specialist with the University of Georgia, is pleased to announce the 2012 Georgia Forages Photo Contest.

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051712_hayRex Herring works in a county that was among the hardest hit by Arkansas 2011's drought. He’s grateful for the early start this year.

“We’re 30 days ahead of the norm,” he said on the last day of April, by which time Herring had already helped put up dozens of bales of hay on his father’s Polk County farm.

“I’m going to have 200 to 300 rolls in this first cutting.”

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We have seen a lot of poor spring green-up in bermudagrass in the Southeast.

Almost the exact same scenario is showing up all over Georgia, Alabama and North and South Carolina -- that I know of, and I'm sure it is happening elsewhere, too.

There are several issues that are at play here.

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051112_weevilThe southeast portion of Wisconsin is entering that time period when third and fourth instar alfalfa weevil larvae can be found. An increase in the amount of defoliation may be seen. 

Fortunately, the cooler weather has given the alfalfa a chance to get caught up and cutting, an excellent form of cultural control, has started in some areas. 

Revisit fields with elevated first crop defoliation within four to five days of cutting.

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