Timing is crucial when harvesting hay since it can affect the quality of forage. Plant stage and maturity, soil quality and damp weather conditions also play a role in hay quality. See Learn how to interpret the forage analysis.Once hay is harvested, get a nutrient analysis report, as visual appraisal alone is not sufficient.
Need help with prevented-planting decisions? NDSU Extension has developed a spreadsheet that uses partial budgeting to compare the economics of prevented planting to growing the same crop for which a prevented-planting payment could be received or some other crop.This analyzer also includes final planting dates for each county in North Dakota.
Cattle grazing can add nutrients to previously cropped or hayed soils, especially with the integration of cover crops in the system. Annual cover crops may be grazed and hayed, providing an extended season of use for cattle as well as potentially improving soil health. Learn more from the 2015 Cover Crop Options publication.
Grass tetany could be a problem for grazing cattle and sheep once temperatures start to warm. Forage grasses left shorter in the fall soon could experience rapid growth, which can lead to protein or potassium overtaking the magnesium in the grass. This could pose a poisonous threat to cows and ewes that are in late gestation or heavy lactation. Learn about grass tetany susceptibility, symptoms and prevention.
The Pest Management app has been around for more than a year now, helping producers manage weeds, insects and diseases. Learn more about the app, available in the App Store and Google Play.
The small grain disease forecasting model is now activated for the 2015 growing season. Just input your location and growth stage and you will get a detailed report on diseases your crop might face. Check out the Small Grains Disease Forecasting Model.
Stay ahead of crop production problems by signing up for the weekly "Crop and Pest Report." Each issue from May to September contains valuable information about insect and disease problems, pest alerts, integrated pest management strategies, pesticide updates, agronomy and fertility issues, horticulture problems, reports from the NDSU Plant Diagnostic Laboratory and a weather outlook. Also, "like" the "Crop and Pest Report" on Facebook. Photo by USDA NRCSS of South Dakota
Livestock producers should have a drought management plan in place prior to pasture turnout in case drought persists into the growing season this year. Developing a plan early is important because 80 percent of the grass growth on rangeland is dictated by May and June precipitation. Drought conditions during that time will reduce the amount of grass available on pasture and rangeland for the duration of the grazing season. Photo by Carl Dahlen
Grass species and varieties differ in growth habit, productivity, forage quality, drought resistance, tolerance to grazing, winter hardiness, seedling vigor, salinity tolerance and many other characteristics. Therefore, selection should be based on the climate, soils, intended use and the planned management. Planting a well-adapted selection also can provide long-term benefits and affect future productivity of the stand. Crested wheatgrass photo by Maureen Flynn-Burhoe (Flickr).
Applying fertilizer with the seed at planting is one successful soil management practice that has long been recognized as a means to improve small grain yields. Grain seeders have been adapted with fertilizer attachments, enabling farmers to apply a small amount of fertilizer with the seed and plant in one operation. NDSU photo.