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Buying Hay; Consider Quality and Value

By : Garth Ruff, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator, OSU Henry County Extension While there are some visual and sensory characteristics to look at, the only sure fire way to determine quality is to pull a sample and do a forage analysis.   As 2018 was a lousy year for making dry hay across…

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NMSU to host WSARE sustainable agriculture conference in Los Lunas, Dec. 10

Larry Cundall or Cundall Ranch in Wyoming will be the keynote speaker at the New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Conference. The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus, 280 La Entrada Road, Los Lunas. New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental…

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Should Your Forage Analysis Include Ash?

By : Allen Gahler, OSU Extension Educator, Ag and Natural Resources, Sandusky County Without a doubt, the hay sampling probe will be one of the most valuable tools you utilize in 2019! By now you are certainly aware that the shortage of forage type feeds for all classes of livestock is a significant issue for…

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Feeding High Ash Forages

By : Bill Weiss, Department of Animal Sciences Forage analysis is suggesting that in some cases soil conditions at harvest of some of our cover crop forages is increasing ash concentration by 6 or more percentage points. We have received reports of some forages, including cover crops that were planted in later summer, having very…

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Baleage is an Option for Dealing with Wet Fall Harvest Conditions

This is an example of continuous wrapped baleage. AMES, Iowa – Wet conditions have created significant challenges this year for producers who are working to put up hay for winter forage needs. Shorter days and cooler fall temperatures add to the challenge of putting up dry hay. Producers who still need to put up hay…

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