Profitable Beef Pastures Need Legumes

Written by Dr. Rhonda Gildersleeve, UW Extension Grazing Specialist and Beef Team member, and recently appeared in The Wisconsin Agriculturist. Forage legume species such as red or white clover, birdsfoot trefoil, and alfalfa are important plant contributors to productivity and quality of beef pastures in the Upper Midwest and elsewhere. Most notable among the many […]

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Pricing Hay? Try the new UW Extension App

Waupaca, Wis. – It’s that time of the year when fresh mowed hay fills the air across Wisconsin, which also means many farmers and rural neighbors will be negotiating the sale of standing hay. An estimated 2.5 million acres of dry hay and haylage are harvested each year in this state with baled hay alone […]

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The Importance of Feed Testing

Optimal growing conditions across much of Wisconsin this summer have resulted in large quantities of forage being produced. However, quality can vary greatly among and even within fields. Conducting a nutritional laboratory analysis on hay and/or silage samples is the best way for producers to evaluate the nutrient content of their feedstuffs. This information, in […]

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UWEX Team Forage Launches New Web Site

The University of Wisconsin-Extension Team Forage recently updated their web site. In addition to information about the team and its activities, the site accumulates a variety of forage crop resources available from many experts and disciplines within the University of Wisconsin. There are also nearly 100 Focus on Forage fact sheets that have been developed […]

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Sorghum and Sorghum-sudangrass and Frost

There has been an increase in the number of acres of forage sorghum and sorghum-sudangrass planted in Wisconsin this past year due to the long winter, late wet spring, drought last year and  some areas of the state having a lot of alfalfa winter kill. The recent frosts can create prussic acid problems with these […]

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Farmers urged to check pastures for presence of ergot

Madison, Wis. – Farmers with animals in pasture should check for their grass forages for the presence of ergot which can be toxic to cattle, sheep, swine and horses. “Recent reports of ergot are not unexpected with the cool, wet spring we had,” said Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin-Extension forage agronomist. Ergot is a fungal […]

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Hot Hay! How Hot Is Too Hot

Putting up first cutting hay this year is a real challenge.  Following are some guidelines from Steve Barnhart, Iowa State Forage Specialist on what to do if hay heats up on you.  It is a good practice to check baled hay 4 or 5 days after baling for its initial temperature rise level. Some guidelines […]

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Considerations for Buying and Selling Standing Forages

As we move into summer, beef producers may have the opportunity to buy or sell some  standing forages to be harvested as silage or hay. Determining a fair price can be a challenge.  Ideally buying and selling by weight is the most fair way , however this may include weighing all the feed taken off […]

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Considerations for Feeding the Beef Cow Herd this Winter

Bill Halfman UW Extension Ag Agent Monroe County Tight feed supplies coupled with high prices will make over wintering the beef cow herd more costly than usual. Adding to these initial problems is the fact that many cows may be entering into the winter in less than ideal body condition due to the drought in […]

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Feeding Hay – Do you have enough?

Adam Hady University of Wisconsin- Cooperative Extension Richland County Agriculture Agent This year has been an interesting year to say the least.  In most areas of the state beef producers experienced some level of drought.  During the drought many pastures went dormant, so we turned to feeding hay to get through the summer.   Hay yields […]

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